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In,,o,00e00 Council fired up over building's plans Sports .................. Page 2 Opinion ................ Page 3 Classifieds ............ Page 4 Legal notices ......... Page 6 Social News .......... Page 8 Basketball action, page 2 Capitol notebook Greetings from your state Legislature as we march down the calendar to the halfway point in this the 61st session. The policy committees have completed their hear- ings on all bills that have money appropriated and have acted upon them. The bills that were accepted have been sent to the appropria- tion committee for them to start balancing the budget. All the bills that were intro- duced into the House will be voted upon in the next two weeks and then we start all over with the Senate bills that weren't defeated. Full story on page 3. Car safety checkup set DICKINSON - The Southwest Coalition of Safe Communities and Sax Motors are sponsoring a free car safety seat checkup to be held at the Sax Motor ware- house on Tuesday, Feb. 17, from 2-5 p.m. Full story on page 8. Meeting of the Sentinel Butte Civic Association to dis- cuss the reprinting of the Golden Valley County Pioneers Bicentennial Edition, Sunday, Feb. 15, at the Sentinel Butte Fire Hall at 1 p.m. Belfield Elementary kinder- garten registration, 2-5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 18. - Billings County Historical Society meeting, 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 18, basement of Great Plains National Bank, Belfield. North Dakota high school State Wrestling Tournament, FargoDome in Fargo, Feb. 19- 21. Boys basketball, Hettinger at Beach, 5:30 p.m., (A & B teams), Thursday, Feb. 12. District 13 Girls Basketball Tournament at Bowman; Beach - Bye; and the 7:30 p.m. game will feature Bowman vs. Heart River, Friday, Feb. 13. Region IV Wrestling Tournament at Beach, first round at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 14. District 13 Girls Basketball Tournament at Bowman; Beach vs. Scranton/Hettinger, 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 14. By Richard Volesky Editor/Reporter Beach City Council members found themselves so displeased with the plans for a new fire hall that they returned all the bids for the project and have decided not to iay a $15,000 architect's bill. The council discussed the project at its meeting on Feb. 2. Council members said the problem is that the plans do not follow the council's wishes and that the building is over designed without considering prac- tical cost constraints. City Auditor Kim Nunberg, prior to the sched- uled bid opening, told the council that she found several' "errors" or items in the plans that were essen- tially contrary to what the council wanted. Nunberg said a project that uses "higher end' materials would result in a higher engineering fee. The woman who has been designing the building works for the firm of Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson. "We should call her (the archi- tect) and see if she wants to build it the way the city of Beach wants it," said Tim Marman, a member of the council. A $15,000 design bill that is pending before the council should not be paid, said Marman. It was withheld from the other bills that were authorized for payment on Feb. 2. Marman said an example of the problems with the plans for the building is that the specifications for its electrical panel are oversized "We should call her (the architect) and see if shewants to build it the way the city of Beach wants it." Tim Marman, Beach City CouncL beyond what is needed. Marman is among the contrac- tors who submitted a bid on the project. The other bidders were Zeller Construction and Tooz Construction, both of Dickinson. Tracy Tooz questioned whether the bonding requirements in the build- ing's specifications were 'properly worded. There also were questions about the stability of the ground at the building's proposed site, which is south of the Buckboard Inn, and the clarity of specifications regard- ing the building's footings. Marman said it would be better to not open the bids because the council didn't agree with the plans on which the bids were based. Tooz said the city had an ample amount of time to re-bid the projec L considering the amount of frost in the ground. Marman said a new start date could be in April. The council decided to reject the three bids, and they were given back to the contractors. The Central Rural Fire Department and the Beach Fire Department utilize two buildings. The problem is that taey have 12 trucks that are crammed into eight bays, and are hoping for a new building to alleviate the space prob- lem, Fire Chief Dan Buchholz said after the meeting. In other business: - The council discussed claims from two residences for payment of damages from sewage backups. The council decided that a fund should be created from which the cost of future backups, if they occur, could be paid, at least partially. A new $1 charge per utility bill is Council (Continued on Page 10) So many choices Maria Ross assists Kayla Martian with a possible book selection during the book fair held at Lincoln Elementary School in Beach on Feb, 5. A book fair was also held at Golva Elementary the same day. (Photo by Richard Volesky) btuoy shows 'phenomenal growth' of oil industry's impact BISMARCK- A new study reveals the economic impact of the oil and gas industry in North Dakota during calendar year 2007 to be $8.22 billion. The study, conducted by North Dakota State University researchers, estimates the gross business volume generated by the petroleum industry has doubled in size since a similar study was con- ducted in 2005. "This study confirms the ever- growing contribution and signifi- cant impact that the oil and gas "This study confirms the ever-growing contribution and significant impact that the oil and gas industry has on North Dakota." Ron Ness, president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council industry has on North Dakota," said Ron Ness, president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council. "Petroleum is a leading economic driver for North Dakota, second only to agriculture, in terms of ben- efiting our residents through jobs creation, tax relief and total busi- ness activity." Between 2005 and 2007, the industry doubled in nearly every major category, with the overall business activity increasing from $4.12 billion in 2005 to $8.22 bil- lion in 2007. These figures don't include the dollars generated by the sale of retail gasoline or the distri- bution of fuel oil. The category experiencing the highest level of growth between 2005 and 2007 was exploration, which increased from $1.29 billion in 2005 to $4.26 billion in 2007. The category of processing and transportation increased from $391 Impact (Continued on Page 10) City says 'no' to funding of county fair By Richard Volesky Editor/Reporter For the first time in several years, the Golden Valley County Fair will be held toward the end of August. The event, if it were on the tra- ditional weekend, would have been held July 20 to Aug. 2 of this year. The new dates are Aug. 20- 23. Jen Steiner, administrative assistant for the NDSU Extension Office in Golden Valley County, said having the event The new later in August is dates are expected to A u g u s t be more con- ducive for 20-23. people who want to enter garden produce in the fair. Gardens often aren't producing as well or are not in full bloom at the end of July. The last week in August, the Wibaux County Fair is scheduled. Therefore the Golden Valley Fair Association did not want to con- flict with that weekend, said Steiner. Steiner said she hadn't heard of comments that the new dates were chosen because the Fair Association wanted to hold the event on a weekend other than what is planned for the Beach Centennial Celebration. The cen- tennial celebration is scheduled for July 29 to Aug. 2. In a related matter, the Beach City Council on Feb. 2 discussed a $2,500 funding request from the Golden Valley Fair Association. The council unanimously voted not to provide the $2,500. Jeanne Larson, a member of the council, said not providing the funding wasn't meant to be puni- tive toward the Fair Association for choosing a different weekend for the fair. Rather, Larson said the city's financial loyalties were with the centennial. "I tell you, we're working on a shoestring budget," Larson said, referring to the centennial. She said that about $10,000 is avail- able at this time for the celebra- tion. 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