Session set for potential candidates

2014-02-27T06:00:00Z Session set for potential candidatesBy LEANN ECKROTH | Bismarck Tribune Bismarck Tribune

BISMARCK, N.D. --On March 11,The Leadership, Pride and Image Committee of the Mandan Tomorrow Strategic Plan will hold an informational meeting for people interested in running for local government offices. The meeting begins 7 p.m. at the Braves Center at 901 Division St. N.W. in Mandan.

Open public offices include two seats on the Mandan City Commission, two on the Morton County Commission, three on the Mandan Park Board, and four on the Mandan School Board, including one rural position.

Those attending will have the opportunity to hear from commission and board representatives about their experiences and position responsibilities. Information packets provided at the session will list candidacy requirements.

The information session is free. Advance registration can be made at or by contacting Laurie Leingang at 400-8631 or

Park bids

The Bismarck Park Board last week awarded Weisz and Sons the contract to replace the boat ramp at Hoge Island for $62,218. The park district will announce when the boat ramp will be out of operation for construction. Work will be done this summer. Executive Director Randy Bina said once the contractor begins work, the ramp replacement must be completed in 45 days.

Bina said the ramp project is not flood-related and was planned because the existing boat ramp design is too steep. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will share in the costs of the project with the park district.

Several other contracts were approved by the park board including:

  •  26 gas unit golf carts and two beverage carts for $121,860 were awarded to Yamaha. With trade a trade-in discount of $49,930 the net cost is $71,930 to the park district.
  •  Building of four shade structures at the ballpark east of Shiloh Christian School were awarded to Marman Construction for $27,122.
  •  Municipal Country Club kitchen renovation was awarded to Tobias Marman Construction for $73,800.

The park district rejected bids that came in to replace shelters and adding sidewalks at General Sibley Park because bids were too high.

Pool asbestos

The park board also authorized advertising for bids to remove asbestos at the Hillside Pool and its building. Bina said the work must be done prior to replacing the Hillside pool and doing upgrades to the pool building. Cost of the asbestos removal is estimated to be $54,269.

Bids for the pool replacement are pending a park board decision on its final designs. The $3.5 million renovations will be paid through a park improvement district, Bismarck Tax Increment Finance District funds and possibly grants. The pool building will be adapted to hold meetings throughout the year.

Reach LeAnn Eckroth at 701-250-8264 or

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