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Moving fast in Mayville

January has been quite a month for the city of Mayville, N.D. On Monday, the Mayville City Council approved a 60-lot residential housing development, Riverwood Addition, which will stretch from N.D. Highway 200 south to the Goose River. The goal ...

January has been quite a month for the city of Mayville, N.D.

On Monday, the Mayville City Council approved a 60-lot residential housing development, Riverwood Addition, which will stretch from N.D. Highway 200 south to the Goose River.

The goal is to attract new residents to Mayville by offering tax incentives for building new houses through a Tax-Increment Financing District.

The city also will:

-- Relocate its airport to create a regional facility that qualifies for federal funding.

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-- Expand the city's sewage system by installing a sewage lagoon system next to the present airport runway.

Riverwood Addition

The Riverwood Addition proposal calls for Ninth and Seventh avenues to extend from state Highway 200 south to the Goose River. Riverwood would include 25 or 30 pristine river lots, with 125 feet of frontage, some as deep as 900 feet, according to Brett Brudvik, city attorney.

The city estimates infrastructure will cost about $2.2 million.

Officials hope construction will begin this spring, with house construction beginning by fall or the spring of 2008.

"Basically, to make this work, we'd need to sell and get houses on six lots per year for six years," Brudvik said.

The city and the May-Port Economic Development Corp. are working with

Crary Homes and Real Estate in Grand Forks to develop Riverwood Addition.

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The May-Port Economic Development Commission also is working with H2M, a Fargo-based company, to market the community to people throughout the Red River Valley.

Mayville, with about 2,100 residents, is 40 miles south of Grand Forks and 55 miles north of Fargo. Portland, with 600 residents, is located just west of Mayville. Under the TIF program, homeowners essentially are granted a property tax break. Instead, money that normally would go to property taxes is used to pay for special assessments for infrastructure - sewer, streets and curb and gutter.

So, rather than paying both property taxes and special assessments, they pay only one - until the special assessments are paid in full.

Local governments - city, county and school district - would not receive property tax revenue from the development until after the special assessments are paid. The bond payment is set up for 20 years but could be retired earlier, if the project develops faster than anticipated.

Airport relocation

The Mayville Airport relocation could begin by 2009.

Earlier this month, the Mayville Airport Authority learned that it had received Federal Aviation Administration approval to be part of the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. That designation makes the airport eligible for federal funding for projects. A project cost has not been determined.

The NPIAS designation is the culmination of a yearlong effort to comply with four criteria:

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-- The airport has to be at least a 30-minutes drive from the nearest airport.

-- At least 10 aircraft must be based at the airport.

-- It must have an eligible sponsor for NPIAS programs.

-- It must be included in the North Dakota State Airport System Plan.

Relocation was the biggest hurdle.

The airport, now located two miles south of Mayville, is within a 30-mile radius of the Hillsboro airport. The new location will be two miles north of Portland, N.D., which officially is a 32-minute drive from the airport in Hillsboro.

The new airport will be a regional facility, serving much of Traill County, including Mayville, Portland, Hatton, as well as Steele County, with vital services such as medical emergency air services.

Construction of the new airport could start by 2009, but 2010 is a more likely target because of environmental and other studies that must be completed before building can begin, Brudvik said.

Sewage system upgrade

The airport relocation will allow the city of Mayville to build a sewage lagoon system, to be located just west of the present airport runway, located two miles south of the city.

Mayville currently treats its sewage with a mechanical plant that needs to be replaced, Brudvik said.

"It's imperative to get this done this summer," he said.

The lagoon project carries an estimated $3.18 million price tag.

Bonham reports on the region. Reach him at (701) 780-1269, (800) 477-6572, ext. 269, or kbonham@gfherald.com .

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