By Deborah Banish
The Rutland City Council held a public hearing on Monday, March 2, on a petition to amend the City Zoning Ordinance to include the Kathleen Brakke Addition to the City of Rutland and to approve the plat as presented. The property, currently zoned agricultural, is within the legal limits of the City. The water/sewer lines are adjacent to the area; if the lines are extended to the Addition in the future, the cost would be assessed to those specific property owners as a special assessment district. The Zoning change was approved as submitted. Following the public hearing, the Council convened the regular meeting and adopted the Arbor Day resolution required to apply for tree removal and planting grant funding and approved the Auditor’s bond. A City-wide clean-up day was scheduled for Saturday, May 2. The City’s municipal waste site will be open from 1-4 p.m. Council Member Erickson reported that the City is losing about 12,00 gallons of water daily based on the tower fill needs and the daily readings. The source of the leak was found on Tuesday evening near the City Shop and repairs are in process.
On Saturday, March 7th, the Rutland community will have a Celebration of Life for Jerry Sapa who passed away on February 26 in Fargo. The event will be held at the Rutland City Hall from 2-4 p.m. with a short service at 4 p.m. followed by a light meal. Another Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, March 8th from 2-4 pm. With a short service at 4 p.m. at the Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo.
There will be a public meeting on the Sargent County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan on Tuesday, March 10, at Noon at the Sargent County Courthouse Conference Room. The purpose of mitigation planning is to identify policies and action that can be implemented over the long term to reduce risk and future loss. Anyone in Sargent County can attend the meeting.
There are only seven months left before Uffda Day! No time like the present to think ahead. Lefse production will begin the end of March. Katie McLaen is asking people to sign up for one – or all – of the sessions. Five are scheduled at this time: Wednesday, March 25, 1 p.m.; Sunday, March 29, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.; Thursday, April 9, 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. The two evening sessions are Theme Nights. March 29th 4 p.m. participants are asked to bring an out-of-town guest and on April 9 at 6 p.m. there will be cash drawings for prizes! That should be enough incentive to get a full-house. At least 13 volunteers are needed for each session.
Upcoming events and meetings in Rutland: Monday, March 9, 5 p.m. is the Rutland Community Club meeting; Sunday, March 15th, 4-6 p.m. is Rutland Fun Night; Monday, April 6, the Rutland City Council meets at 5 p.m.; Sunday, April 5th, there will be a Palm Sunday Dinner at the Rutland Hall (watch for details); and on Saturday, April 11th, 10 a.m. the Easter Egg Hunt hosted by the Rutland Community Club will be held in the Rutland Hall.
Keep up with all the events and activities through the City of Rutland website or watch for announcements on the Rutland Facebook Page.