On Wednesday, July 9 at 5 p.m., Northern Rail & Transload held an Open House for Dovre community residents that live near the site and haul road. Approximately, 30 people attended.
The residents’ questions were answered by Brian Gilbertson, Larry McGlumphy (Northern Industrial Sands and Northern Rail & Transload), Amy Kelsey (Cooper Engineering) and Stacy Neuman (local Political PR rep). Their concerns were about truck traffic, speed limits, Property Value Guarantee, traffic regarding other possible tenant businesses, propane storage, operating schedule, possible improvement to 5th Avenue and noise.
Several residents whose homes border Union Pacific/Progressive Rail’s main track asked if this track was going to expand due to the new business. As their questions were answered, their concerns subsided and they began to be more interested in how many jobs would be created and how the site would impact the community economically.
One of the local school teachers was very concerned about the continued loss of local school enrollment and funding. He stated that the school desperately needed supplies and playground equipment. Jim Plummer (Town of Dovre Supervisor) also attended the Open House. It was the general consensus that the Open House was a huge success.
Roberta Frank handled the preparations for serving the guest refreshments and healthy snacks. She was also instrumental in ensuring that all of the residents received their invitations.