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: 02/26/2018 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Video Linkhttp://


Committee of the Whole

Monday, February 26, 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:




2.0       Appointment to various boards and committees:


a) Grand Forks Public Library Board


b) Grand Forks Emergency Management Board


2.1       Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with State of ND, Information Technology Department (ITD) for potential frequency sharing on a statewide interoperable radio network (SIRN)


2.2       Ordinance amending Grand Forks City Code Section 8-0811 Parking Enforcement


2.3       Ordinance amending Grand Forks City Code Section 8-0812 relating to Parking Time Limits


2.4       Food Code Update


2.5       Decision/Environmental Document for Project No. 7750, Reconstruction/Rehabilitation of DeMers Avenue from the Sorlie Bridge to 6th Street and Project No. 7886, Mill & Overlay on N 5th Street from DeMers Avenue to Gateway Drive


2.6       Final Report for Project No. 7728, Evaluation of Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Improvement Strategies within the Discovery Elementary and South Middle School Neighborhoods


2.7       Engineering Services Agreement for Project No. 7892, District No. 551, Storm Sewer for Belmont Road (58th-62nd Ave S)


2.8       Engineering Services Agreement for Project No. 7888, District No. 549; Project No. 7889, District No. 337; and Project No. 7890, District No. 550, Sanitary Sewer, Watermain and Storm Sewer for Crary’s 8th Resubdivision


2.9       Award Bids:

a)  Project No. 7633, District No. 23, Bikepath in S 32nd St. Utility Corridor (43rd- 44th Ave S)

b)  Project No. 7791, District No. 714, Alley Paving for Block 2 of Hubert’s Addition

c)  Project No. 7716, District No. 542, Stormfall Outlet Pipe for Heartland West Addition & Part of SE ¼ Sec. 18 Twn. 151

d)  Project No. 7654, District No. 705, Paving/Street Lights for N 39th St (22-2500 Blks) and Project No. 7656, Paving/Street Lights for 27th Ave N (39-4100 Blks)

e)  Project No. 7839, 2018 Flood Fight Assistance

f)  Project No. 7849, 2018 City Sidewalks

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


2.10     Approve Plans and Specifications for the following projects:

a)  Project No. 7668, District No. 213, street Lights for 45th Ave S (S 25th St to Columbia Rd; Project No. 7810, District No. 215, Street Lights for 12th Ave N and N 53rd St (10the Ave N to 55th St); and 7811, District No. 7811, District No. 216, Street Lights for S 48th St and S 47th St (DeMers Ave to 11th Ave S)


b)  Project No. 7878.1, District No. 721.1, Concrete Panel Repair & Grinding for Belmont Rd (17th Ave S to Park Dr); Project No. 7878.2, District No. 721.2, Concrete Panel Repair & Grinding for Belmont Rd, (32nd Ave S to 47th Ave S); and Project No. 7878.3, District No. 721.3, Concrete Panel Repair & Grinding for 11th Ave S (S 42nd St to S 30th St); and 7878.4 – Concrete Grinding for N 69th St near English Coulee Diversion Bridge


c)  Project No. 7794.1, District No. 715.1, Mill & Overlay for N 20th St (University Ave to Gateway Dr); Project No. 7794.2, District No. 715.2, Mill & Overlay for S 20th St (24th Ave S to 32nd Ave S); Project No. 7794.3, District No. 715.3, Mill & Overlay for Belmont Rd (Park Dr to 32nd Ave S); Project No. 7794.4, District No. 715.4, Mill & Overlay for 27th Ave S (S 20th St to 28th Ave S), S 19th St (25th Ave S to 27th Ave S), and 25th Ave S (S19th St to S 20th St); ); 7794.5, - Overlay for 62nd Ave S (S Washington St to 500’ west of Belmont Rd); and Project No. 7718, District No. 712, Reconstruction of Adams Drive (Desiree Dr to 62nd Ave S)


d) Project No. 7873, Upgrade Lift Station 38


e) Project No. 7541, Sanitary Forcemain along 62nd Ave S, (Levee to S Washington St) and along S Washington Street (E End Drainway to Lift Station No. 39)


f) Project No. 7800, District No. 718, Paving 47th Ave S


g) Project No. 7807, District No. 546, Storm Sewer for 57th Ave South & Project No. 7808, District No. 335, Watermain for 57th Ave South (11th St – S Washington St)


2.11     Grand Forks Wastewater Treatment Facility UV Disinfection and Direct Discharge – Final Design and Bidding Engineering Services

 PowerPoint. Click Here.

2.12     Cooperative Services Agreement with USDA for Wildlife Mitigation at the Wastewater Treatment Plant       


3.           OTHER BUSINESS:


4.           ANNOUNCEMENTS:


5.           ADJOURNMENT:  

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