Lincoln to mull fireworks ban

2013-08-07T15:07:00Z Lincoln to mull fireworks banBy LEANN ECKROTH | Bismarck Tribune Bismarck Tribune

Fireworks

The Lincoln City Council will revisit a request Thursday that the city ban the use of fireworks in city borders. One resident in July complained of serious property damage during the week leading up to the Independence Day holiday because of fireworks use next to him.

The city is considering the request and may hold a public fireworks display instead.

The meeting begins 7 p.m. at the Lincoln City Hall.

Tax break denied

In keeping with a more targeted tax break policy and a new state law the Mandan City Commission Tuesday denied a two-year property tax break for a 72-unit assisted living apartment complex for Edgewood Management Group at 2801 39th Ave. S.E.

The new state law doesn’t allow tax breaks for service-related businesses.

Sovereign lands

The Burleigh County Park Board Tuesday agreed to allow Gerald Heiser, sovereign lands manager for the state Engineering Department, to place signs for no motor vehicles, “no littering,” and “no glass bottles” on county property leading to river banks that are sovereign lands. Heiser asked the signs be placed on county-park managed lands south of Misty Waters and other park-maintained lands that need it. The Burleigh County Sheriff’s Office favors it because they can better enforce violations where the signs clearly post certain activities are prohibited on the sovereign property.

County Auditor Kevin Glatt said the state Game and Fish Department also can do better enforcement of the areas with the signs.

Craft beers

The Mandan City Commission also approved the first reading of an ordinance to allow the sale of alcohol from a tapped keg in a defined container. City Business Development Director Ellen Huber said craft beer brewing companies have requested that they be allowed to sell 64-ounce glass containers — growlers — off-sale so they can expand their markets. Right now, city ordinance only allows on-sale purchases of the craft beers. Huber said the new law will make Mandan ordinances more similar to Bismarck.

National conference

Burleigh County Recorder Debbie Kroshus recently attended the National Association of County Recorders, Election Officials and Clerks Annual Conference in Dallas.

She said the meeting discussed issues on court administration, vital statistics, election administration, land records and records management. Among sessions offered included records preservation, marriage fraud, election voting system, voter anonymity and round-table discussions.

“This meeting gives county officials an opportunity to network on a national level, to share information and innovations and take those ideas ... back to their individual counties and states,” Kroshus said.

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

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

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