Bismarck downtown plan

A meeting about the Bismarck Downtown Sub Area Plan will be held 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Prairie Rose Room of the Bismarck Civic Center. Much of the study focuses on Main Avenue and Fifth Street.

The study is looking at transportation needs, new parking ramps, a central busing transit, downtown gathering spaces/parks, removing one-ways people find confusing, and making downtown more friendly for walkers and bikers.

The study also may break the downtown into a shopping and restaurant district, an entertainment district, employment campus, a housing district neighborhood and a cultural trail district. The $325,000 study is being paid for by the city of Bismarck and the Bismarck Mandan Metropolitan Planning Organization.

For more information about the study, visit http://www.downtownbismarckstudy.com/ or call Steve Saunders, a planner with the MPO at 355-1848.

School election forum

The Bismarck Mandan League of Women Voters will hold a Mandan School Board candidate forum at 6 p.m. Thursday at City Hall. Four candidates are vying for three positions. They are Lorraine Davis, Wendy Egli, Lori Furaus, and incumbent Tim Rector.

Dakota Media Access will televise the forum and replay it on Government Access cable channel 2. and it can be viewed at www.freetv.org.

The school election will be held 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on June 11. Polling locations are the Brave Center, 901 Division St. NW and Spirit of Life Church, 801 First St. SE. Absentee ballots are available before the election at the Brave Center.

Lincoln to cut tax breaks

The Lincoln City Council plans to eliminate a long-time tax break for up to the first $75,000 value of a new home. The city council will make its final decision on June 6.

City Auditor Melanie Kitzan said council members said they need the full tax revenue because with more home building, there also is a bigger demand on Lincoln’s street repairs, police patrol, street, sewer and water needs. She said there may be a need for an additional water storage area.

To date, the city has already approved 22 housing permits. There were a total of 76 new housing permits approved for Lincoln in 2012. The city has used the $75,000 housing tax incentive since the late 1990s, Kitzan said.

43rd Avenue study completed

The 43rd Avenue Study for Bismarck and Burleigh County has been completed, according to Jack Forsland, transportation planner for WSB Consultants. The study focuses on 7.1 miles of road from Butte Drive to 80th Street. Planners are using the study as a guide to prepare for traffic counts that could increase from 5,000 vehicles per today to 40,000 per day by 2040. Possible plans in the study include widening some roads to four or five lanes, adding turning lanes, adding multi-use paths, making road shoulders safer and adding a bus stop.

For more information, visit http://www.43rdavenuecorridorstudy.com/ or call Steve Saunders at 355-1848.

(Reach LeAnn Eckroth at 701-250-8264 or leann.eckroth@bismarcktribune.com.)

Reach LeAnn Eckroth at 701-250-8264 or leann.eckroth@bismarcktribune.com.