WF City Commissioners OK improvement district for $3.55 million in road upgrades in Stockyards Addition

Commissioners also approve bid and contract for work on "the one most critical" lift station on the city's north side.

The sun sets over the former West Fargo Stockyards on Nov. 16, 2020, at 851 Arena Road, West Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
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WEST FARGO — The City Commission approved the creation of an improvement district to turn two gravel roads - 7th Avenue Northwest and 5th Street Court Northwest in the Stockyards Addition - into two-lane concrete roadways to support development.

Commissioners voted 3-1 Monday, Nov. 7, to approve the improvement district, a report from City Engineer Dan Hanson, and a resolution of necessity for the $3.55 million project, which will include installing storm sewers and street lighting.

The roadwork in the northside industrial area will be funded exclusively through special assessments, Assistant City Administrator Dustin Scott said. However, because there was no petition for the project, the commission had to approve a resolution of necessity.

A special assessment hearing will be held, and property owners will be notified of that hearing, Scott said. If more than 50% of the property owners in that area protest their assessments, the city will have to find an alternative way to pay for the project, Scott said. Work on that project could start next year, he said.

About 50 shops that contribute to traffic in the area would be inconvenienced by the road construction, Hanson said in his report.


The commission also voted 4-0 to approve a bid and a contract to update the main sanitary lift station on the northside.

The lift station is “the one most critical in the city of West Fargo,” Scott told the commission.

CC Steel LLC of Maple Plain, Minn., offered the sole bid for the lift station rehab project, bidding $84,450 for the general construction work.

With no bids for the electrical work, JDP Electric of Fargo was asked for a direct quote on the job, and the firm offered to do it, including installing equipment the city already purchased, for $216,669.

(In September, the city purchased a motor control center and main control panel from Quality Controls for $179,165.)

Scott said another $200,000 in work will be needed on the coatings for the wet well, a pits used to collect wastewater. He said city staff will bring that request to the commission at a later date. Work on that project could get underway yet this year.

Helmut Schmidt is a reporter for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead's business news team. Readers can reach him by email at, or by calling (701) 241-5583.
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