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

  • Date: 01/22/2018 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
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Committee of the Whole

Monday, January 22, 2018 – 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:


1.1       Welcome and Roll Call:




2.1       Resolution authorizing the issuance of Sewer Reserve Revenue Bonds, Series 2018A to finance the undertaking of improvements to the Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant


2.2       State Targeted Response to Opioid Crisis Grant (Opioid STR) Budget Amendment


2.3       Tax Increment Financing Policies & Procedures


2.4       Tax Increment Financing Pre-Application     This item has been pulled from the agenda.

2.5       Downtown Master Plan


2.6      Approve Design, Bidding, and Construction Administration Engineering Services Agreement for City Project No. 7872 – Upgrade Storm Pump Station 190


2.7       Approve the Federal Transportation Funding Request – Urban Grant Program


2.8       Approve the Federal Transportation Funding Request – Regional Road Program


2.9       Approve the Federal Transportation Funding Request – Urban Roads Program


2.10     Award Bids: Project #7836-37-38 – 2018 Sanitary/Storm/Watermain Repairs


2.11     Approve Plans & Specs:


            a) UND Light Pole Banner Project


            b) Project #7633, District #23 – Bikepath Along S. 32nd St. Utility Corridor (43rd-44th Ave. South)


            c) Project #7654, District #705 – Paving/Street Lights for N 39th St (22-2600 Blks) and Project #7656 – Paving/Street Lights for 27th Ave. North (39-4100)


            d) Project #7716, District #542 - Stormfall Outlet Pipe for Heartland West Addition & Part of SE 1/4 Sec. 18 Twn. 151

  e) Project #7791, District #714 - Alley Paving for Block 2 of Hubert's Addition


            f) Project No. 7864, District #547; No. 7865, District #336 and No. 7866, District #548 – Sanitary Sewer, Watermain and Storm Sewer for Crary’s 7th Addition


            g) Project #7849 – 2018 City Sidewalks


2.12     Engineering Services Agreement for Project #7874, ARV Tee Replacement on FM between DeMers and WWTP


2.13     Engineering Services Agreement for Project #7873 Upgrade Lift Station #38


3.           OTHER BUSINESS:


4.           ANNOUNCEMENTS:


 5.           ADJOURNMENT:  

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