Rutland is considering adoption of a Home Rule Charter. Copies of the draft prepared by the Home Rule Charter Committee were delivered to Rutland residents on Monday, April 26. Committee members Paul Anderson, Gretchen Vann, Larry Christensen, Bertha Siemieniewski and Calvin Jacobson, delivered the documents to every household in town, fulfilling the public notice requirement of North Dakota’s Home Rule statute. A Public hearing is scheduled for 7:00 on the evening of Tuesday, May 11, at which Rutland citizens will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the pros and cons of the proposed new Charter for a new century. The public hearing will be held in the Rutland Town Hall.
Rutland should be proud to learn that our Mayor was honored at the North Dakota League of Cities Annual Conference as the “Outstanding City Official for 2008.” Ron Narum has served as our Mayor for 36 years. During his tenure, the city streets have been resurfaced, additions were made to City Hall, and the sewer system was renovated and the lagoons were rebuilt. Ron was one of the founders of the Rutland Museum and serves as the caretaker of the museum, pioneer house and country school exhibits for 20 years.
Ron has been chief of the volunteer fire department and served on the board of the fire protection district. He is chairman of the county jobs development authority, a member of the county weed control board and president of the county historical society. He has served on the boards of the Rutland Community Club, the Rutland Community Development Corporation, Rutland Community Housing, the Lake Agassiz Water Authority and the North Dakota League of Cities. Prior to becoming mayor, Ron served as a city council member.
After receiving this award, Ron Narum said, “Well, this is a surprise. But, it isn’t just all my work…it isn’t just me…the community makes everything happen. And the community really appreciates when you can do even small things for them.”
Congratulations to Ron!