Board of Appeals

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1. Purpose

There shall be and is hereby created a Board of Appeals consisting of six (6) individuals, who are qualified by experience and training to pass judgment upon matters pertaining to building construction. The Building Official shall be a non-voting, ex-officio member and shall act as Secretary to the Board. The Board of Appeals shall be appointed by the City Council and shall hold meetings as required. The Board may adopt reasonable rules and regulations for conducting activities and investigations. The Board may adopt reasonable rules and regulations for conducting activities and investigations. The Board shall render all decisions and findings in writing with a copy provided to the appellant.

2. Responsibilities

  1. To review, on appeal by the applicant, all requests for exception under this Code which have been reviewed and denied by the Building Official;

  2. To grant exceptions to the requirements of the International Building Code for the repair, rehabilitation or change of occupancy of existing buildings where the planned repairs, rehabilitation or change of occupancy would not otherwise comply with the provisions of the Code. No exception shall be authorized hereunder unless the Board of Appeals finds the following conditions existing: 1. The building was constructed more than twenty-five (25) years before the adoption of the present Code. 2. The Board finds, upon completion of the proposed repair, rehabilitation or change of occupancy will not diminish the safety and welfare of the occupants.

  3. To monitor and evaluate on an ongoing basis, the effectiveness and application of the provisions of Codes and any rules, regulations, or procedures promulgated thereunder to determine their impact on the rehabilitation of existing buildings. Pursuant to this responsibility, the Board of Appeals shall gather information, conduct studies, and make appropriate reports and recommendations related to the application of these provisions, the decisions of the appellate body, and the experience of other jurisdictions.

  4. To adopt guidelines to be used by the Building Official in determining compliance with this chapter.

  5. To recommend to the City Council guidelines to be adopted by the City Council to expand this Code

3. Members

  • Todd Blixt

  • Brian Carlson

  • James Glick

  • Bob Klave
  • Scott Meland
  • Gene Youngdahl


Bev Collings, 746-2631

Committee of the Whole

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Committee of the Whole

Monday, December 11, 2017 – 5:30 p.m.

Council Chambers


Notice is hereby given that the Grand Forks City Council will meet on the above date and time, in the City Council Chambers, 255 North Fourth Street, Grand Forks, North Dakota.  Persons with disabilities who may need assistance should contact the ADA coordinator at least 24 hours prior to this meeting at 746-2665. 


1.         CALL TO ORDER:

  1. Welcome and Roll Call:




2.1       Resolution supporting an Inclusive Community


2.2       Applications for abatement and settlement of taxes for 2015:

            a) Menards, 3550 32nd Ave S

            b) Wal-Mart, 2551 32nd Ave S

            c) Sam’s Club, 2501 32nd Ave S

            d) Wal-Mart, 5755 Gateway Dr


2.3       Arts Regrant


2.4       Special Events Program Annual Report


2.5       Riverside Pool Annual Report (Info Only)


2.6       2017 Holiday Hours


2.7       NPN Letter of Intent


2.8       Ordinance repealing various licenses


2.9       Ordinance creating new Alcoholic Beverage License – Class 16, Brewer taproom


2.10     Budget Amendments :

            a) Public Works Operations (Sanitation and Streets)

            b) Water Works Division

            c) Police Department


2.11     Water Treatment Plant Chemicals


2.12     Programmatic Categorical Exclusion for Project No. 7784, Shared Use Path 6th Ave N ( N 40th St to English Coulee)


2.13     Change Order No. 2, Project No. 7653, Dist. No. 332, Watermain on N 39th St (2200 to 2600 block & 27th Ave N (3900 to 4000 block) and Change Order No. 1, Project No. 7650, Dist. No. 536, Storm Sewer on N 36th St (2000 to 2100 block), N 39th St (2000 to 2600 block), & 20th Ave N (3600 to 3800 block)


2.14     Design, Bidding and Construction Administration Engineering Services Agreement for Project No. 7541, Sanitary Forcemain along 62nd Ave S (Levee to S Washington St) and along S Washington St (Southend Drainway to Lift Station No. 39)


2.15     Engineering Services Agreement for Project Nos. 7864, Dist. No. 547; No. 7865, Dist. No. 336; and No. 7866, Dist. 548, Sanitary Sewer, Watermain and Storm Sewer for Crary’s 7th


2.16     NDSWC Cost Share Agreement Amendment for the GFWTP Project - $30 million for the 2017-1029 Biennium


2.17     Street/Water Sales Tax Funding Policy Implementation


2.18     Noise Variance and Letter of Intent for co-mingling during a Street Dance by Brick & Barley and Half-Brothers, Grand Forks, May 5, 2018.


3.           OTHER BUSINESS:


4.           ANNOUNCEMENTS:


5.         ADJOURNMENT
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