19th Street Trail Phase II Protest Period Likely to be Extended

City leaders are anticipated to approve extending the protest period for the 19th Street Trail Phase II special assessment district through Monday, Jan. 24. To keep citizens informed, the City typically mails letters as a courtesy, to property owners in proposed special assessment districts. These letters explain the district, basic project information, estimated costs and protest period. The letters for the 19th Street Trail project were delivered to the post office Dec. 30, however, it appears they are just now being received.

As required by state law, the City issued a public notice of the special assessment district two times over a two-week period in the city’s official newspaper. The public notice included project details and information on the 30-day protest period for the district.

In this case, notice was published in the Mandan News on Dec. 10 and Dec. 17 with a protest period end date of Jan. 10. Since the letters seem to be just reaching property owners, staff recommends extending the protest period. Per the recommendation, those wishing to protest phase II of the 19th Street Trail project will have until 4:30 p.m., Monday Jan. 24 to mail or drop off a signed, written letter to the City Administrator.

Staff will also recommend two public hearings on the project to take place at Mandan City Hall in the Ed “Bosh” Froehlich meeting room before the Mandan City Commission:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. as originally noticed; and
  • Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. to adjust for delayed letter delivery.

Staff will ask the City Commission to hold off on considering the sufficiency of protest until Feb. 1, following the hearing.

Additional information is available at cityofmandan.com/roadprojects. Property owners may contact the Engineering and Planning Department at 701-667-3225 with questions.

UPDATE: During the Tuesday, Jan. 18 meeting, City Commissioners approved extending the protest period to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 24. Another public hearing will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 5:30 p.m.