Wahpeton is once again preparing for Christmas.
Displays and lights are on the Leach Public Library and Richland County Courthouse lawns. Music will soon play in downtown Dakota Avenue. The Heritage Square tree lighting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20.
Community Development Director Chris DeVries, speaking at a Monday, Nov. 5 city council meeting, promoted the upcoming, free admission Holiday Lane.
Laura Hughes Drive, at the intersection of Second Street North and Seventh Avenue North, will be transformed into a must-see lighting attraction. It’s scheduled to open at dusk every evening beginning Friday, Nov. 23. Holiday Lane closes for the season on Monday, Dec. 31.
With a 7-0 vote, the Wahpeton City Council approved allocating up to $7,500 for promoting Dash for Cash. Money will come from the sales tax for economic development fund.
Monday marked the first day of the Wahpeton Breckenridge Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual promotion, held in conjunction with the Shop Local campaign.
“Total cost of the program, including Dash for Cash, is $10,000,” said 1st Ward Councilman Rory McCann. “The remaining $2,500 will come from the Chamber.”
Although the Wahpeton council approved allocating up to $7,500, it might not end up paying that full amount. Discussion indicated the Chamber would also approach the Breckenridge Port Authority of Breckenridge, Minnesota, for funding.
Additional unanimously passed motions included:
• forming a subcommittee of McCann and Councilwoman-at-Large Tiana Bohn to review a draft city employee policy manual
• approving a bid of $248,700 from Northern Plains Contracting, Wolverton, Minnesota, for wet well coating and repair at the lift station at Sixteenth Avenue North and Seventh Street North
• proceeding with a draft agreement for an emergency water supply plan with Breckenridge
• approving up to $30,000 from the recreation set aside fund for the Bois de Sioux Golf Course to meet end-of-year expenses; council is expected to soon review the course’s finances
In other news, the council honored both a local institution and an exemplary city employee.
KBMW, radio station 1450 AM and 94.3 FM in the Twin Towns Area, was saluted for 70 years of broadcasting. No representatives from the station were present. Councilman-at-Large Perry Miller read the proclamation.
“The media provides an important service for the city of Wahpeton,” Miller said. “It’s been critical in times of need, specifically the flood of 1997, to have a radio presence for people to receive emergency messages, flood updates, news and more.”
Known as “the Voice of the Valley,” KBMW has been on the air since 1948.
Water Treatment Operator of the Year Allan Weiand was personally honored by Mayor Steve Dale.
“The city of Wahpeton water treatment plant treats and distributes over 290 million gallons of drinking water annually,” Dale said. “Water treatment operators are responsible for the purity, safety and quality of the drinking water.”
Access to quality drinking water is a crucial component of public health, Dale continued. Weiand, whose family attended the meeting, was deemed an asset to the city.
Weiand has previously shared twice in a special honor. In 2014 and 2004, Wahpeton was named the city with the best tasting water by the North Dakota Rural Water System Association.
“We are always striving to do better, always trying to find improved ways to do things,” Weiand said in 2014.
Councilman Don Bajumpaa, 4th Ward, was absent from the meeting.
Wahpeton City Hall will be closed Monday, Nov. 12 in observance of Veterans Day.
The next council meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19 at City Hall, 1900 Fourth St. N. in Wahpeton.