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Bismarck Downtown Post Office220 E Rosser Ave Rm 112, Bismarck, ND 58501
Bismarck has an Animal Impound Facility. The phone number is (701) 355-1994.
You can visit the school district at Bismarck Public Schools
City commission meetings are televised on Channel 12, Community Access TV and are rerun the following day at noon.
To get on the ballot, candidates must collect 300 signatures from Bismarck residents. Election administrators suggest collecting up to 350 signatures and turning in petitions at least one day before the deadline since some may be eliminated for not being from valid city residents. POST OFFICE BOXES ARE NOT CONSIDERED A VALID ADDRESS.
For more information, call Bismarck City Administration at 355-1300.
The City of Bismarck conducts a number of improvement projects every year. Some projects bring city services to new areas of the city. Other projects make repairs in older sections of Bismarck. All of this work is done with the help of Special Assessments.
Special assessments on private property pay for public improvements that benefit that property. Improvements that would bring special assessments fall under four main categories:1) storm sewer,2) sewer and water,3) paving and street lights, and4) sidewalk, curb and gutter.
When the City Engineering Department decides work needs to be done, they create a special assessment district which includes all property the city judges will benefit from the improvement project. The Board of City Commissioners approves each special assessment district. The district is then published in the city’s official newspaper, the Bismarck Tribune, two times over a two-week period.
Property owners have the right to protest the district when the improvements are not health-related, like those involving sewer and water. If it’s not a health-related improvement and 51 percent of the owners in the district protest the work, the project is cancelled.
Once the district is approved, the City Engineering Department takes bids on the project. When the project is completed, the construction costs are assessed against the benefiting property on ratios that depend on the work being done:1) storm sewer –assessed based on the square feet of the lot,2) sewer and water – this work is usually prepaid by the company or person developing new lots,3) paving and street lights – assessed on per-lot basis, and4) sidewalk, curb and gutter – based on the actual amount of sideway, curb and gutter.
Once the assessments are made on properties, they are published in the newspaper twice during a two week period. Property owners have the right to protest before the Special Assessment Commission, a three member board appointed by the City Commissioners. The Special Assessment Commission’s job is to make sure the assessments are spread fairly among properties, not whether the work should be done. If the property owner’s protest is unsuccessful, the owner may appeal that decision to the City Commission.
Special Assessments may be paid in full, or they will be billed to the property owner in installments. The installments will be spread over seven to 15 years, depending on the type of improvement. Notice of the installment due each year is sent to property owners on the property tax notices and the installment is paid along with property taxes through the Burleigh County Auditors Office. Partial payment is now accepted on special assessments or owners may pay off the full balance at the Special Assessments Office, 3rd floor, City/County Building, 221 N. 5th Street.
The local telephone number is (701) 221-5834.
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Based upon the nature of your call, Center personnel will dispatch the necessary responders.
The 9-1-1 System makes an important difference in our communities everyday. It is your first source of help in time of crisis and it can mean the difference between life and death. When used properly, 9-1-1 saves seconds and those seconds can save lives.
Until 2004, North Dakota’s PSAPs were only able to receive this information from traditional landline telephones (example: your home or business telephone). Now, all North Dakota PSAPs are capable of receiving similar enhanced information from wireless devices such as cell phones and voice over internet protocol (VoIP) devices.
Wireless Enhanced 9-1-1 is a term used for the system that routes an emergency call to the PSAP based upon the location of the tower handling the emergency call. Phase I of this system provides the 9-1-1 telecommunicator with the telephone number of the caller and the location of the tower handling the call. Phase II of the system provides actual coordinates (latitude / longitude) of the caller’s location that the PSAP uses to dynamically display on an electronic map. The futuristic view of the Wireless Enhanced 9-1-1 system is Phase III that would provide an elevation to account for calls made from within multi-story buildings in urbanized areas.
Wireless Enhanced 9-1-1 services are possible because of technological improvements made by the wireless carriers, traditional telephone companies, and the PSAPs to pass and receive that information. In North Dakota, the actual phone used to make the 9-1-1 call must have a GPS chip that communicates with satellites orbiting the earth to determine the caller’s location. The FCC requires that where Phase II information cannot be determined, the call must be routed to the PSAP with Phase I information.
The Burleigh County Commission adopted a resolution in July, 2001 extending the $1 fee requiring that all subscribers to cellular phone service in Burleigh County pay a $1 fee per month to their service provider which is then submitted to Burleigh County. All funds collected for 9-1-1 are forwarded to the County Treasurer.
NDCC allows a 9-1-1 fee to be collected up to $1.50 per subscriber line. Burleigh County currently remains at $1.00.
Additional funding for the overall operation of a public safety answering point comes from general funds of counties and cities as the tax collected on devices capable of accessing 9-1-1 does not cover the cost of the overall operation (which includes the dispatch and ongoing responder communications involved with responding to emergency calls).
CenCom has eight identical workstations, providing public safety communications services for the:
12-13-19. Parking Consecutively Over Forty-Eight Hours.
Any person violating this section is subject to a fine of Fifteen Dollars ($15.00) per each day of violation. A vehicle left parked or standing on any public street or highway for a consecutive period longer than forty-eight hours shall be considered abandoned for purposes of Section 12-13-23(k).
City Ordinance 12-13-19.1 addresses Parking of Campers and Trailers Limited. It is unlawful for anyone to park or leave standing on any public street or highway in the city any boat, snowmobile, bumper pull travel trailer, fifth wheel trailer,pull type camper, pickup camper, motor home, house car, bus, mini motor home, or trailer for a period longer than forty-eight hours consecutively.
Any person violating this section is subject to a fine of One Hundred Fifty Dollars ($150.00) per each day of violation. A boat, snowmobile, bumper pull travel trailer, fifth wheel trailer, pull type camper, pickup camper, motor home, house car, bus, mini motor home, or trailer left parked or standing on any public street or highway for a consecutive period longer than forty-eight hours shall be considered abandoned for purposes of Section 12-13-23(k).
Notwithstanding paragraph above, it is unlawful for any person to park or leave standing any boat, snowmobile, bumper pull travel trailer, fifth wheel trailer, pull type camper, pickup camper, motor home, house car, bus, mini motor home, or trailer on the public right-of-way in any residentially zoned area from December 1 to March 31.
Any person violating this section is subject to a fine of One Hundred Fifty Dollars ($150) per each day of violation. 12-13-19.1 Parking of Campers and Trailers Limited.
221 N. 5th St.Bismarck, ND 58506
Colored maps are $10 (46" x 50") and $20 (84" x 84"). These maps include zoning, subdivision names, streets,and lots/blocks. They are hanging on our walls for reference. A special custom map can be created through the GIS department, at an hourly rate.
This ordinance book is available on-line by clicking here: Title 14 Zoning
When the sirens sound, go indoors, seek shelter, and monitor local media and your all hazards NOAA Weather Radio if you have one.
Regarding TornadoesThe Outdoor Warning Sirens will be sounded when:- A confirmed funnel has been spotted within a 10 mile approach of the community, OR- A confirmed tornado has been spotted within a 10 mile approach of the community, OR- The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Warning for eastern Morton and southwest Burleigh Counties to include the Cities of Mandan and Bismarck and/or Lincoln.
Confirmation of a funnel cloud or tornado may occur through the National Weather Service, trained Law Enforcement Officers, or trained Weather Spotters. Remember, a Tornado Warning means that a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. A Tornado Watch means that conditions are favorable for the formation of a tornado. The Outdoor Warning Sirens will not be sounded for a Watch.
There is NO "All-Clear" sounded by the outdoor warning sirens. The all-clear will be made over NOAA Weather Radio, local radio stations, and cable TV.
Note: The outdoor warning sirens are tested on the last Friday of each month at 9:30 am.
The best place is in the center of the basement under a sturdy workbench or under the stairway. If you do not have a basement, go to the lowest level of a sturdy building and put as many walls between you and the outside as possible and avoid areas with exterior windows and doors. In a school or other large building, go to the lowest level and into a bathroom or a hallway near the center of the building. Stay away from large wide open rooms like an auditorium or gymnasium!
All citizens need to plan ahead to identify where they will shelter during a tornado watch and warning. The city of Bismarck does not own or operate emergency tornado shelters. Those who live in mobile homes or other vulnerable structures should discuss sheltering possibilities with nearby friends, neighbors, relatives, etc. The best time to relocate to the shelter area is during a tornado watch. Do not purposely wait until a tornado warning is issued. Consider purchasing a NOAA Weather Radio to get your tornado watches and warnings as soon as possible. Even if you should happen to be sleeping, you can get the alert.
To inquire about roadway lights in your neighborhood, contact the Engineering Department at (701) 355-1505.
Relocation of a light pole can range from $700 to $2,000.
If you have a sidewalk you feel is hazardous, please contact the Engineering Department at (701) 355-1505
The Assessed Value refers to a percentage of the assessor's market value, according to a state prescribed formula. In North Dakota, the assessed value is 50% of the market value.
The Taxable Value is determined by multiplying the assessed value by 9% for residential and 10% for all other property classes.
At times, the City of Bismarck also employs data collection personnel who are trained to inspect, measure, and list the property features that appraisal personnel will analyze in determining value.
Mill levy changes are determined by each political subdivision (city, county, school, park) setting their annual budgets. Those total figures are then divided between taxpayers based on value and type of property owned. If your property is currently valued at or near market value, you should expect little or no change in the True and Full Value of your home. However, the property taxes you pay may change if the mill levy changes as determined by the city, county, school or park board.
Market Value 100,000Assessed Value (50% of Market Value) 50,000Taxable Value (Assessed Value Multiplied by 9% residential tax rate) 4,500Annual Tax (Taxable Value multiplied by the *Mill Levy) 1,096*Note: 2015 Mill Levy - .24360 (243.60 divided by 1,000)The mill levy is subject to change annually.The tax rates are 9% for residential property and 10% for commercial property.
• City marks curb for lifting or replacement.• Contractor or subcontractor install No Parking signs a minimum of 24 hours before construction starts. No Parking signs may be removed or left in place for any of the subsequent construction activities.• Slabjacking (lifting) subcontractor moves in and lifts marked curbs and driveways.• Concrete subcontractor removes and replaces marked concrete curb and driveway and replaces storm inlet castings as required. Intersection ramps and street valley gutter crossings replacements are coordinated with the paving crew and may be replaced either at this stage or later. Detours may be needed for valley gutters. Homeowner may request more work be done at same time such as a driveway widening.• Paving contractor either places gravel or asphalt patches at the front of the curb replacement sites. After new concrete cures for at least 4 to 7 days, black dirt is placed behind the curb. Seeding and mulching usually take place much later in the process when many sites can be done at once.• City marks streets for patching or milling (grinding off about 1 to 2 inches of old asphalt).• Paving contractor completes the asphalt patching and crack seals open joints.• Paving contractor places thin leveling course on patched or non-milled streets where dips, humps or other pavement irregularities are pronounced.• Paving contractor mills pavements, sweeps loose material, and may come back later to remove pavement around manholes or valve box covers.• Paving contractor adjusts tops of manhole and valve box castings to match the new pavement surface.• Paving contractor places new pavement on milled streets.• Paving contractor or subcontractor places seal oil and chips on pavements when temperatures are expected to be 70° F or warmer for several consecutive days. • Chip seal is allowed about one week of cure time before loose chips are swept off street.
Coordinating all these different types of construction activities would be difficult to maintain workforce efficiencies. Scheduling and moving each specialized work crew from one project to another can be impacted by unforeseen circumstances like, weather, poor soil conditions or added work. Delays related to weather or construction difficulties may cause the time interval between any of these tasks to be considerable.
Burning outside the city limits must be directed to the Rural Fire Department at (701)258-5792 and the State Health Department at (701)328-5188.
The symptoms can vary from person to person and depend on how much you were exposed to. Mild exposures can cause slight headaches, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, or flu-like symptoms. More severe exposures can cause severe throbbing headaches, drowsiness, confusion, and fast heart rate. Extreme exposures can cause unconsciousness, convulsions and death. Read on
Once the installation is complete, the installer is required to contact Ron Kunda, Fire Marshal, for an appointment to complete an acceptance test for the system before it can be used by the facility. Read On
Fingerprint services at the Bismarck Police Department will only be performed when required to be taken by Law Enforcement.
The Police Department is located at:
700 S. 9th St.Bismarck, ND 58504
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Adults born in 1957 or later: To be certain they are protected, adults in this age group should have a record of vaccination. Some early vaccinations may have contained only the measles vaccine, and may not have been the MMR combination. Those attending college or other secondary educational institutions, persons who work in medical facilities, and international travelers should receive two doses of MMR. Measles vaccination is 95%-98% effective after one dose. Adults who have had only one dose may choose to have a second dose.
Adults born before 1957: In general, adults born before 1957 are likely to have had or been exposed to measles during childhood and so are typically presumed to be immune. Those born prior to 1957 are not routinely recommended to receive booster doses of MMR vaccine.
The Water Billing office will need a Residential Property Service Agreement form filled out. Stop in the office at 601 S 26th St, or click on the link below to print out the form and return to the Water Billing office by mail (PO Box 5555), by fax (701 221-6840) or in person (601 S 26th St).
These forms must be received in the office prior to the day you want services put into your name. The effective date on Service Agreements CANNOT be a weekend or holiday.
Residential Service Agreement
Commercial Property Service Agreement
1) More people may be living in the household.2) During the summer, water consumption may be higher due to outside watering of a lawn or garden, or an outside faucet may be left on.3) Most often an unexplained increase in usage is caused by leaky plumbing - toilets, sinks, outside sprinklers, washers, hot water heaters, etc.
Toilet leaks are the most common and are hard to see or hear. A leaky toilet can waste 800 cubic feet of water per day.
Never underestimate the amount of water that is consumed for normal, everyday tasks around the home. Here are some average water consumption amounts for routine household tasks:
Shower - 25-50 gallons (5-10 gallons/minute)Bath - 36 gallons (full tub)Toilet flush - 5-7 gallonsDish washing - 20 gallons (tap running)Automatic dishwasher - 12 gallons (full cycle)Clothes washer - 30-60 gallons (full cycle)Outdoor watering - 5-10 gallons per minute
How to test your meter and check for leaks
Inert waste -$10.00/ton
Non-inert waste-$33.00 per ton Any combination of non-inert waste and inert waste will be charged at $33.00 per ton.
Location: The location for planting individual trees along the street right-of-way is selected by the forestry staff to ensure that the tree(s) will not interfere with water lines, utility lines, traffic signals, site-distance at intersections and other trees.
Species: Only species approved by the city forester may be planted along the street right-of-way. Only those trees listed on an individual permit may be planted at a given site. The forester considers the space available along with other factors such as proximity to neighboring trees and overhead wires to recommend trees that are best suited for each site. This will avoid problems with a tree species being planted that is too large or unsuited for the available space.