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Bismarck swears in new Alderman, discusses speed bumps

BISMARCK — Alderman LaDonna Haefner was sworn in for her new term on the Bismarck Board of Aldermen Thursday evening. Haefner won a special run-off election 90-41 against Kim Gibbons  on Tuesday. The special election broke a 40-40 tie from the April 7 election.

In other matters discussed during Thursday’s meeting, Kim Harris addressed the board concerning having speed bumps installed in her neighborhood.

“She (Harris) would like to have either speed bumps or signs stating there are children at play installed,” said Bismarck Mayor Dennis Mayberry. “She presented a petition with several names that are in favor of this. I told her I would be putting together our city committees next week and we would look into this.”

Barbara Cadwell addressed the board concerning a drain ditch located at 1101 Pine Street. Mayberry said the city would be checking to see if there is a backflow valve backed up.

Aaron Radford gave a presentation concerning the World Changers who are coming to the area this July. He said the volunteer organization will be in the area July 4-11. The group will use North County Middle School as its staging area.

The World Changers provide free labor to homeowners who are in need. The kind of work to be done includes painting, simple carpentry, roofing, concrete driveway, handrails and ramps. Funding for the project comes through EMAA and financial donations are accepted. Homeowners pay nothing.

The board discussed the installation of water meters and a new inflow and infiltration plan for the city, but did not take action. The board will meet with Taylor Engineering on Thursday to discuss the final plans.

Liquor licenses for West Side Inn, PLS, Beer Bait and Bull and for Mike’s Market were approved.

Chris Cline is a reporter for the Daily Journal. Contact him at 573-431-2010, ext. 114 or at

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