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Eye On Energy: Glen Ullin Man Camp

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A hour east of Oil Country, one small town is trying to stay ahead of the boom.
Glen Ullin City council unanimously voted to ban man camps from city limits.
City officials says it's not a decision meant to keep people out, but to make sure the city grows at a manageable pace.
Reporter Megan Lowry explains.

Sitting on the outskirts of oil development Glen Ullin is feeling the boom.

(Jennifer Heupel)"The kids come home everyday and say there is a new kids in school."
(Rita Wallin)"Housing is just really sparse."

The town of 865 is full-- no rentals, no lots, no houses.

(Betty DelBarre, Mayor) "We just don't have room in town for this."

That's why the city is trying to plan ahead. The city council voted to ban any man camps from going up in town
The Ordinance will also prohibit adapting any existing structures into dormitory housing without the city's permission.
City Mayor Betty DelBarre says the new code allows for some exemptions to the ban on a case-by-case basis.

"Some growth is good but we need a cafe we need more sleeping space and we only have two service stations."
DelBarre says they have seen what has happened to neighboring towns--who grew too fast.
"The growth can be good we want more families in here and young people."
5 years down the road--Glen Ullin to still a town people want to raise a family in.
"it's just a great small town that your kids can walk downtown and feel safe sit on you back porch and watch the stars ride your bike and walk."
Megan Lowry, KX News

Last week's vote was just the first reading.  
The City Council will vote again on the ordinance January 9th to finalize it.

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