The Williston City Commission held a brief meeting on Tuesday, February 23, at which a handful of items were approved upon their return for face-to-face meetings.

The commission had not held a face-to-face meeting in several months and returned to John Kautzman’s briefing room in City Hall on February 23. On the brief agenda were the following offers for equipment and vehicles, as well as a registered engineer for Williston Basin International Airport and equipment for the new shipping center.

The Williston Police Department opened deals on February 16, 2021 for the following equipment:

  • Two pickup trucks with all-wheel drive and all-wheel drive 2021
    • Four bids were received, including Red Rock Auto’s low bid of $ 54,298. The amount initially approved by the Commission for the Two 2021 four-wheel drive pickup trucks was $ 71,000.
  • A 2021 all-wheel-drive sedan in black with Police Pursuit Rated Package / Patrol
    • Three bids were received including Ryan Motors’ low bid of $ 30,737. The amount initially approved by the Commission for the three all-wheel drive sedans was $ 31,500.
  • An all-wheel drive SUV (police package) / K9
    • Three bids were received, including the low bid from Ryan Motors of $ 35,000. The amount initially approved by the commission for the SUV was $ 40,000.

The Commission approved all three vehicle offers.

Airport Director Anthony Dudas applied for a registered airport engineer and stated that the city must select an engineering firm at least every five years to provide an estimated amount of work to be eligible for federal and state grant funding.

Dudas said he worked with the selection committee made up of Commissioner Chris Brostuen, City Administrator David Tuan, Engineer David Juma and Asst. Airport Director Ryan O’Rear to develop a scope of work they believe needs to be done during the selection period.

This scope of work includes:

• Build general aviation cargo apron

• Architecture that may include ground equipment and hangar storage.

• Development or expansion of parking lots

• Aircraft de-icing improvements

• Airfield drainage improvements

• Plan and build the parallel runway 4/22

• Improvements to the main sewer system through gravity and force

• Equipment that may include an ARFF truck or snow removal

• Additional projects as needed to activate and complete the above projects or other additional projects

• Support and strategic guidance on financial planning, CIP development and grant funding

• Update of the airport master plan

Dudas said the airport opened the request for qualifications for professional engineering, architecture, planning and environmental consultancy services on Jan. 20, 2021, and received suggestions from Mead & Hunt and Burns & McDonnell for the services.

The selection committee examined the written proposals and found that both companies were very well qualified for the scope of work. After personal interviews, the selection committee recommended that Burns & McDonnell be used for these services. Dudas said the next step in the process will be to negotiate a detailed scope of work and a fee for the services that will be submitted to the commission for review.

The commission approved Burns & McDonnell’s appointment as Engineer of Record for XWA.

As part of the verbal agreement between the city and the county to contribute to the cost of developing a new public safety answer point, the Upper Missouri River Regional Shipping Center requested the purchase of various technologies and equipment systems necessary for the new 911 PSAP required is 3429 Fourth Avenue West.

These items are the cost of the NICE recorder and Motorola shipping consoles.

• $ 159,585 – Nice Inform Elite Recorder

• $ 837,727 – Motorola Dispatch Radio Consoles

The Commission approved the purchase of the technology and equipment systems listed above, including installation, configuration, training, and the first year of service and support for the new primary PSAP.