Minto to get municipal court
Grand Fork’s judge Alvin O. Boucher interested in position
MINTO – In an effort to put some teeth into current city ordinances and fines, the Minto City Council voted to establish a municipal court.
The council discussed the difficulty they have enforcing current city ordinances without a municipal court in place. After consulting with the city’s attorney, Nicholas Hall, the council decided to proceed with a process to establish a court that would handle ordinance violations and fines within the city.
Alvin O. Boucher, municipal judge in Grand Forks, indicated he would be interested in serving as Minto’s municipal judge. He already serves in this capacity in the area communities of Emerado, Larimore, and Northwood. On a motion from councilmember Craig Nice, seconded by councilmember Keith Shutt, the council unanimously approved a plan to move forward with establishing a municipal court and to extend an invitation to Boucher to serve as judge. Councilmembers Shutt, Nice, and Jim Lobsinger were in attendance at the meeting.
In addition to the establishment of a municipal court, the council clarified the policing contract that is in place with the Walsh County Sheriff’s Office. “I have been in contact with Sheriff Wild, said Mayor Lane Kelley. He feels our current contract is sufficient and he just wants more direction as to which ordinances we would like enforced by the Sheriff’s office.”
The second reading of the 2014 city budget received approval with a motion from Shutt and a second from Lobsinger. The motion passed on a unanimous vote.
In other business, the council approved two building permits and several special liquor permits for the months of November and December.
The next meeting of the Minto City Council will be held Nov. 4 at 7:00 pm at the city office.