Bill proposes a new governor's residence in Bismarck

2013-01-24T00:24:00Z Bill proposes a new governor's residence in BismarckBy NICK SMITH | Bismarck Tribune Bismarck Tribune

BISMARCK, N.D. - A bill authorizing the construction of a new governor’s residence would be a first-class upgrade to the Capitol grounds, a Fargo lawmaker said Wednesday, even as the governor called it unnecessary.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple expressed no enthusiasm for House Bill 1379 on Wednesday morning following an appearance at a North Dakota Bankers Association gathering at the state Capitol.

“I’d have to say I really don’t really see the need for it,” Dalrymple said.

HB1379 would authorize up to $3 million from the Capitol Building Fund for construction of a new governor’s residence and an executive conference center on the state Capitol grounds. Up to $3 million also would be authorized in private donations and other funding sources to assist in construction.

Dalrymple said he hadn’t been aware of the conference center being proposed. He said he and first lady Betsy Dalrymple find the governor’s residence and its public meeting spaces to be adequate.

Dalrymple said there also is adequate meeting space throughout the Capitol.

“Personally, I (just) don’t see any need for that whatsoever,” Dalrymple said of the proposed new residence.

Rep. Blair Thoreson, R-Fargo, is a sponsor of HB1379. Thoreson also sponsored a bill in a past session to build a new governor’s residence, with the project paid for with general fund dollars. With the state’s strong fiscal shape and changes to the funding source, Thoreson said, he expects there may be more support for the bill this year.

“I know the previous governor, Gov. (John) Hoeven, said the same thing,” Thoreson said of Dalrymple’s statement. “As a governor, you don’t want to be seen as saying, ‘Hey, I’m going to build myself a big new residence.’”

Thoreson said the Capitol building is more than 80 years old and the governor’s residence is several decades old.

The consensus among constituents he’s spoken to who favor the bill is that the current governor’s residence “was probably really nice in the 1950s” but an upgrade would be acceptable.

The residence was completed in March 1960.

Sponsoring HB1379 along with Thoreson are Reps. Matthew Klein, R-Minot, Jim Kasper, R-Fargo, Curtiss Kreun, R-Grand Forks, Mike Nathe, R-Bismarck, and Eliot Glassheim, D-Grand Forks, and Sens. Randy Burckhard, R-Minot, Stan Lyson, R-Williston, Dave Oehlke, R-Devils Lake, and Richard Marcellais, D-Belcourt.

Reach Nick Smith at 250-8255 or 223-8482 or at nick.smith@bismarcktribune.com.

Copyright 2015 Bismarck Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Area pools deal with extreme weather

Area pools deal with extreme weather

Bismarck's outdoor pools and Raging Rivers in Mandan have dealt with significant high winds and storms this summer, which caused some closings. Updated: 6:04 pm

3 hours ago

PSC sets hearing for crude pipeline

Hiland Crude LLC is looking to move increasing amounts of crude oil to markets out of state by increasing pipeline capacity.

4 hours ago

Schools, airports get funds

Schools, airports get funds

The State Board of University and School Lands awarded millions of dollars in grant money Thursday to oil patch airports and schools.

July 30, 2015 3:00 pm

Mandan Parks OKs joint powers agreement for sports complex

The Mandan Park Board on Wednesday approved a joint powers and escrow agreement with the city and completed a list of other tasks to move forw…

July 29, 2015 6:00 pm

Superintendent seeks student insight on personalized learning

Superintendent seeks student insight on personalized learning

Schools may soon have the option to change their time structures to better accommodate individual students' learning needs.

July 29, 2015 5:15 pm

New hearing scheduled for wind project

A new hearing for a wind energy farm to be located in Mercer County — which previously had been approved for a permit when the project was own…

July 29, 2015 4:30 pm

Featured Ads

View All Ads

Featured Businesses

View more...