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Historical Preservation Commission

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1. Purpose

  1. The purpose of this article is to promote historic districts and landmarks for the educational, cultural, economic, and general welfare of the public through the preservation, protection and regulation of buildings, sites, monuments, structures, and areas of historic interest or importance within the City of Grand Forks; to safeguard the heritage of the city by preserving and regulating historic landmarks and districts which reflect elements of its cultural, social, economic, political, and architectural history; to preserve the city's economic base by the stimulation of the tourist industry; to establish and improve property values; to foster economic development; to manage growth; to foster civic pride in the beauty and noble accomplishments of the past; and to promote the use of historic districts, landmarks, interior landmarks, and scenic landmarks for the education, pleasure and welfare of the people of the City of Grand Forks.

  2. It is intended that the commission will cooperate with and assist various local, state and federal entities and/or agencies in the enforcement of federal and state legislation to identify, evaluate, designate, and protect properties significant in the prehistory, history, architecture, engineering and culture of the community, state and nation.

  3. It is further declared that the purposes of this article are:

With respect to the properties in historic districts:

  • To retain and enhance those properties which contribute to the character of the historic district and to encourage their adaptation for current use;
  • To assure that alterations of existing structures are compatible with the character of the historic district; and
  • To assure that new construction and subdivision of lots in an historic district are compatible with the character of the historic district.

With respect to historic landmarks:



2. Members, Appointments & Terms

  • The commission shall consist of eleven (11) members.

  • The commission members shall be appointed by the mayor with the advice and consent of the city council.

  • Each of the members of the commission shall be appointed for a term of two (2) years.

  • The members shall serve without compensation but shall be reimbursed for expenses necessarily incurred in the performance of their duties.

3. Member Qualifications

Members appointed by the mayor shall be persons who, in the opinion of the mayor, have demonstrated outstanding interest and knowledge in historical or architectural development. A majority of the commission members shall be made up of persons from among professionals in the disciplines of architecture, history, architectural history, planning, archeology or other historic preservation related disciplines, such as urban planning, American studies, American civilization, cultural geography or cultural anthropology, to the extent that such professionals are available in the community.

4. Powers and Duties

  1. Adopt criteria for the identification of essential structures, priority structures and preservation of areas.

  2. Prepare or cause to be prepared a comprehensive inventory of essential structures, priority structures, and preservation areas within the city.

  3. Make recommendations to the city council concerning the acquisition of development rights, facade easements, and the imposition of other restrictions in the negotiation of historical property contracts for the purpose of historic preservations.

  4. Increase public awareness of the value of historic, architectural and cultural preservation by developing and participating in public information programs and by recommending the update of the preservation programs.

  5. Make recommendations to the city council concerning the utilization of grants from federal, state and local agencies or entities, private groups, individuals, and the utilization of budgetary appropriations to promote the preservation of historic or architecturally significant structures in the city.

  6. Promulgate standards for architectural review.

  7. Evaluate and comment upon decisions by other public agencies affecting the physical development and land use patterns in the city.

  8. Recommend to the city council that the city purchase an essential structure where private preservation is not feasible.

  9. Prepare nominations for properties deemed by the commission to be significant in local, state and/or national history.

  10. Upon request by the state historical society, or upon action of the commission, prepare and submit to the mayor a report stating the commission's opinion concerning compliance with criteria for listing premises or structures in the National Register of Historic Places.

  11. Submit and file such information, findings and resolutions deemed necessary and appropriate by the commission with the state historical society.

  12. Review and comment to all local, state or federal agencies and/or entities deemed necessary with regard to governmentally funded, assisted or licensed projects with emphasis as to the presence of significant properties within the project's impact area, the extent of the project effect on significant properties and proposed means of mitigating any adverse effect.

  13. Review and comment to all local, state and federal agencies and/or entities deemed necessary on certifications of significance and certifications of rehabilitation.

  14. Any other functions which may be designated by resolution or motion of the city council.

5. Members and Staff

  • Sandra Slater
    Term Expires: August 1, 2020

  • Charles Flemmer
    Term Expires: August 1, 2020
  • Brian Carlson
    Term Expires: August 1, 2021
  • Jessa Novak
    Term Expires: August 1, 2021

  • Judy Swisher
    Term Expires: August 1, 2021

  • Dr. Gordon Iseminger
    Term Expires: August 1, 2020

  • Cory Lien
    Term Expires: August 1, 2021

  • Douglas Munski
    Term Expires: August 1, 2021

  • William Caraher
    Term Expires: July 31, 2020

  • OPEN - Attorney/Legal

  • Nicole Derenne
    Term Expires: August 1, 2021

Susan Caraher, Coordinator   Email  772-8756

City Council

  • Video Link


Monday, March 2, 2020 – 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.




                1.1 Welcome and Roll Call

                1.2 Pledge of Allegiance

                1.3 Mayor’s Announcement




2.1          Presentation – Finance Department:  Certificate of Achievement in Financial Reporting for     2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report


2.2          Census Update


2.3          Flood Update


2.4          Syringe Service Program Update


2.5          Coronavirus Update


2.6          Proclamations:

                a) General Aviation Appreciation Month

                b) Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month



                (The City Council welcomes your interest and participation in public hearings.  If you wish to speak during any public hearing you may do so by completing a speaker card and placing it in the designated box. You may address    the Council on matters relevant to the public hearing when called upon by the Mayor. Please keep your remarks to a maximum of three minutes.  Always come to the podium and speak into the microphones, as the meeting is being broadcast and recorded.)


4.         ACTION ITEMS

                (The City Council may consider one or more of the following action items in a single vote.  Individual items may be acted upon separately as requested by the Mayor or a member of City Council.)


4.0          Applications for property tax exemption of improvements to residential and commercial buildings


4.1       Request from SOGF, Inc., dba Speedway 805, for approval of ownership change


4.2          Request from BTAB, LLC, dba Rumors Sports Bar & Grill, for approval of ownership change

4.3          Designate Voting Locations for 2020 Elections


4.4          Emergency Management Board appointment


4.5          Award bids - Mosquito Control


4.6          Modify the remodeling exemption for residential and commercial buildings (NDCC 57-02.2-03)


4.7          Create District for Project No. 8177/8178/8179/8180, District No. 574/348/575/745 – Sanitary Sewer/Watermain/Storm Sewer & Paving/Street Lighting for 36th  Ave. South (S 15th – S Washington)


4.8          Plans & Specs for Project No. 8123 – 2020 Concrete Street Repairs & Project #8183 – 2020  Subdivision Concrete Rehab


4.9          Plans & Specs for Project No. 8120/8121 – Sidewalks/ADA Curb Ramps


4.10        Plans & Specs for Project No. 8184, District No. 748 – Gateway Dr Frontage Road Rehab (I-29 –   North 55th St.)


4.11        Plans & Specs for Project No. 8157, District No. 742 - Reconstruct S 12th St (17th Ave S to Park     Dr)


4.12        Plans & Specs for Project No. 8098, District No. 739 – Mill/Overlay Shadyridge Court; Project        #8124, District #749 – 2020 Mill/Overlay; Project #8158, District #743 – Reconstruct Library    Circle (Appr. 300’ west of S Washington to Library Circle)


4.13        Bid Award for Project No. 8122 – 2020 Asphalt Street Repair


4.14        Bid Award for Project No. 8077 – Veterans Park Restroom


4.15        Change Order #6 for Project No. 8042 - University Ave. Reconstruction (Coulee-Columbia) &      Medians/Lighting from Coulee to 42nd


4.16        Declaration of surplus and authorize sale of vehicles


4.17        Section 5339 Funds - Authorize application


4.18        Section 5310 Funds - Authorize application





5.1          Investment Portfolio Summary as of 01/31/2020



                (Anyone wishing to address the City Council on matters within the jurisdiction of the City but that do not          appear    on the Agenda may do so under Citizen Request.  Matters not appearing on the City Council’s Agenda will not               receive action at this meeting, but may be referred to staff or a committee.  If you wish to speak to the City Council               about an                item that does not appear on the agenda, you may do so by completing a speaker card and placing it in       the designated box at the back of the room.  You may address the Council as the Mayor calls upon you during this             portion of the meeting. All comments and presentations are to be limited to three minutes or as otherwise       established by the City Council.  Always come to the podium and speak into the microphone, as the meeting is                 being broadcast and recorded.)




                7.1 Vendor List and Engineers Estimates


                7.2 Minutes - February 18, 2020








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