The Mandan Airport’s paved runway reopened Oct. 30 after most of a $6 million runway reconstruction project was completed, said airport manager Jim Lawler.

The airport is receiving single engine and light twin engine planes again. However, Lawler said more work needs to be completed by main contractor Northern Improvement.

Some lighting on taxi-ways is scheduled for completion on Friday, but the paved runway complies with all Federal Aviation Administration code, he said. The grass runway won’t reopen until at least mid-summer.

The paved runway has been closed since late April. The project has been slowed by several rain delays.

“We’ve had traffic every day. It’s getting back to normal,” he said.

Lawler said the Airport Authority will decide if there would be any penalties against the contractor for going past the Oct. 4 deadline.

Land use plan

A public forum about the Mandan land use and transportation plan will be held next Tuesday at City Hall. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. to review information and recommendations. Planners from consulting firm Stantec will present background information, goals, and concept plans, and invite comments and suggestions.

Service awards

Mandan Police Chief Dennis Bullinger was recognized Tuesday for working 40 years for the city during the city’s annual employee service awards ceremony.

Lawler received a 25-year plaque. Several other long-term city employees were recognized.

Offices closed

The city of Mandan will close city offices the day after Thanksgiving — Nov. 29. All Morton County offices also will shut down Nov.29 except for essential emergency services. All city and county offices will be closed Nov. 28.

Burleigh County and Bismarck city offices will reopen the day after Thanksgiving.

Liquor licenses

After lifting city liquor license limits in October, the Mandan City Commission on Tuesday introduced a few more adjustments to its liquor license ordinance. One requires that the owner of a liquor license operate the establishment for the license within six months after the license is issued or the license will be revoked.

A second ordinance allows a liquor license to be transferred only once for Class A, D or D-1 licenses. The second license owner will not be allowed to transfer the liquor license again. Both changes need city commission final approval.

Impounded animals

The Mandan City Commission also gave final approval to changes in its impounded animal laws:

The time the owner has to claim the animal increased from three days to five days. If the animal is not claimed within five days any other person can claim the animal and become its owner.

The law also allows unclaimed cats to be disposed if they are not claimed within five days.

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