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A time will come when Dickinson's landfill reaches its capacity. In preparation for that time, Dickinson Public Works Department and city commissioners met last week to discuss what action they will take in the future. According to Gary Zuroff, public works director, the existing site has roughly 15 to 20 years left before its lifespan ends. "There's consideration of expanding at the facility, and the city is looking at options of other areas within the county," Zuroff said.
Access to child care options is a serious need in Stark County. To help, Stark Development Corporation's Child Care Program provides matching funds to care centers to increase the available and quality of local child care offerings. The program is part of the SDC's ongoing efforts to remain responsive to the needs of the community, Ryan Jilek, SDC executive vice president, said.
Odyssey Theaters and Dickinson State University are bringing a new two-screen theater to the DSU campus. The theater, in the DSU student center, will be open to the public, and should be ready by the end of December, Steven L. Tripp, Odyssey president, said. "When we were up there, we developed a great relationship with the fine folks at DSU," Tripp said. "It was a joint idea between both entities that they felt it was great for their student center and their campus area, and they're thrilled to bring more of the public onto campus."
Dickinson's Crooked Crane Trail is set to receive a $1.2 million grant to complete Phase 2 of its construction. City Engineer Craig Kubas told City Commissioners Tuesday that a grant was submitted to the Outdoor Heritage Fund and a presentation given to its board on the project. The advisory board to the North Dakota Industrial Commission works to help connect people with outdoor recreational opportunities. Kubas called Phase 2 the most important trail project in the city.
Jay Elkin remains Stark County Board of Commissioners chairman. Elkin was appointed District 36 Senator Friday, replacing Kelly Armstrong, who resigned after being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November. "State Century Code allows a person to serve in the state legislature and remain on a county commission or city board," Ken Zander, county vice chair, explained. County officers will be elected at the board's end-of-the-year meeting on Dec. 27.
Dickinson Dinosaur Museum has had a successful 2018. Attendance numbers through October are up 20 percent from the same time last year, Robert Fuhrman, museum director, said. Through October 2017, the museum had 11,467 visitors, and through October 2018, welcomed 14,427 visitors. "I think it's a product of having a year under our belt, getting word out via our new website, a lot of great support from the city, and the fact that we're open all year round," Fuhrman said. "The dinosaur side used to close during the summers years ago."
City Commissioners passed a new mobile home court ordinance Tuesday. The final version of Ordinance No. 1661 is the same as previous drafts, but removed are all references to campgrounds and RVs. Definitions for all-weather rated, campground, campground lot, recreational vehicle and temporary intent were struck out as they all refer to campground licenses. The changes follow concerns voiced by MHC and campground owners since September during public hearings and MHC license committee meetings.
Five Diamond representatives addressed the proposed Dickinson Hills Shopping Center at Tuesday's meeting of the city commissioners. The Draper, Utah, based developers failed to turn in leases by Nov. 14 that were promised in exchange for the city committing $1.3 million for an expansion of Fairway Street that Five Diamond said was critical for securing the leases. Four retailers were promised for the proposed $24 million project: Hobby Lobby, TJ Maxx, Shoe Dept., and Dollar Tree.
Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport officials are identifying potential capital improvement projects to tackle in the future. Airport Manager Kelly Braun provided an early list of potential project areas at Tuesday's meeting of the airport's board. "I just wanted to get everybody primed with what we're looking at," Braun said. "This will be coming back to you throughout the year in bits and pieces." KLJ, a Dickinson-based engineering firm, is working with the airport to put together a capital improvement plan, Braun said.
Five Diamond Development has failed to turn in tenant leases for a proposed new shopping plaza to be located on the Interstate-94 business loop. The leases were to be turned in on Oct. 28, two months after city commissioners approved a $1.3 million extension of Fairway Street for the project. Five Diamond then asked for an extension of 10 business days, which has elapsed. "There have been no leases turned in yet," Linda Carlson, interim city administrator, said.