The Bismarck City Commission interviewed five candidates Monday to fill the city public health director position during a special city commission meeting at the Bismarck Public Works Building. Twenty people applied.

Candidates are:

  •  Colleen Peterson, storm water program coordinator with the Bismarck Public Works Department.
  •  Renae Moch, a practiced management strategist for the American Academy of Family Physicians, Overland Park, Kan.
  •  Donald Williams, former company commander, Army National Guard, Bismarck.
  • Michelle Eslinger-Schneider, student health services director for the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.
  •  Bruce Thompson, an emergency management planner for the Joint Task Force National Capital Region Medical, Herndon, Va.

Bismarck Human Resource Director Bob McConnell said the candidates also were tested this week on leadership skills. Test results are still being compiled for a future city commission decision about the candidates.

Burleigh County contracts for services from the director, McConnell said. Salary range for the position is from $78,403 to $117,604.

More about Mandan

The Mandan Tomorrow — Leadership, Pride and Image Committee is hosting the first of four “More About Mandan Monday” community educational sessions on Monday — the state of the Mandan Public School District.

Presenters include Superintendent Mike Bitz, Business Manager Christi Schaefbauer, and Kirsten Baesler of the Mandan School Board.

The session will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at City Hall. Participants are asked to register at under the “Meetings & Event Registration” tab or call 667-3485.

It will give an overview about school facilities, programs, special and alternative education; sources of revenue and expenditures, faculty and staff, and statistics on student achievement.

Information also will be provided about seeking candidacy for the school board. Three positions are up for election in June. The deadline to file is April 12.

Other government sessions from the program will include:

  •  March 25 — Property Taxes 101 & City Budgeting.
  •  April 8 — Public Works (street repair, snow removal, street sweeping, etc.).
  •  April 15 — Law Enforcement.

Riverwood Drive

The Bismarck City Commission Tuesday approved a cost participation agreement with the state Transportation Department to receive some $806,000 of a $3.75 million reconstruction project along Riverwood Drive/Mills Avenue road project. The project’s combined purpose is to resurface damaged roads, flood protection and improve vehicle access during both ice jam and other floods. The work involves pushing nearly a half mile of road 50 feet to the east.

The city must match 20 percent of the federal funding. Road work also will be paid for through a south city special assessment district, city storm utility fees and and city street utility fees. Bids will be opened on the project April 19 and a public hearing on its special assessment district will be April 23.

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