Amidst the hustle and bustle of the oil boom in Stanley, the city has found itself backed into a corner.
City officials were mulling over the prospects of entering into an agreement to have a private company build and pay for a new City Hall, which would be on a lease to buy contract.
But a survey of the current City Hall building revealed some very critical problems and is forcing the city to make some difficult decisions on a shortened time table.
Shaun Sipma has more.
Stanley City officials knew the City Hall was in rough shape, but recently when the city building inspector conducted a thorough investigation of the building and the ground it sits he found some very troubling and dangerous results.
The building inspectors declined an on camera interview but gave us a tour and showed us exactly what the problems were.
Water leaks in the roof have given way to black mold growth in parts of the office building.
Lead based paint is found in several areas of the facility.
The air exchange circulates exhaust from the city maintenance bays located next to offices causing headaches for employees.
Then there's the structure itself. The northeast corner of the building has separated giving serious question to the integrity of the building.
It gets worse from there.
(Dennis Lindahl, Stanley City Alderman) "Historically the city's had gas stations on three sides and so there is soil that's been contaminated and permeated into the soil and we will have to remove it."
The building also once housed a power company is contains PCB's, Polychlorinated biphenyl a cancer causing agent that was widely used in electrical transformers and electric motors until it was banned in 1979.
Alderman Dennis Lindahl this environmental study was conducted as part of the consideration of the public-private partnership for a new city hall.
(Dennis Lindahl, Stanley City Alderman) "The North Dakota State Health Department is giving us a determination of how we should remediate that. So where we build a new city hall or whether we just stay in this building we will have to remediate."
To fix the complex problems likely will run into the millions of dollars.
The city of Stanley's bonding capacity has already been max'd out to pay for an infrastructure expansion.
Lindahl says because of the necessity of city services, he hopes Stanley will qualify for oil impact funds to help pay for a portion of either the repairs or the public-private partnership.
(Dennis Lindahl, Stanley City Alderman) "It's very important for the constituents to be engaged so very soon we will be having public comments and so when we have that it's important for them to know what the issues are, especially the EPA issues and the financial commitment."
A decision that will likely have to be in the very near future to meet state health codes.
In Stanley, Shaun Sipma KX News.
The Stanley Police Department is also located in the City Hall building and Lindahl says does not meet FBI standards and needs significant improvements.