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Eye on Energy: More Challenges to Come

Eye on Energy: More Challenges to Come

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2013 was another year spent trying to meet the demands of the oil boom in North Dakota.

In this week's Eye on Energy, Kelli Volk takes us to western North Dakota to look back at 2013 in Mountrail County.

(Arlo Borud, Mountrail County Commission Chairman) "Our biggest issues have been road issues, and housing issues, and getting personnel to do all the work."

That's how Mountrail County Commission Chairman Arlo Borud, recaps year 2013 in Mountrail County.

Another year met with the challenges of trying to keep up with a growing Western North Dakota.

But as Borud explains some of those challenges became triumphs.

(Arlo Borud, Mountrail County Commission Chairman) "We did repave and rebuild about 30 miles of county road last year that needed it desperately. And that will help some of our road systems, but we could use much more money to do more projects."

Along with improving road systems in western North Dakota, Borud says the county secured housing to meet the demand for county personnel.

(Arlo Borud, Mountrail County Commission Chairman) "We also bought two twin homes for housing for employees for the county to help with getting housing for the personnel coming here. And just getting enough people to man the sheriff's department, to get deputies, road personnel to work for the road department and all of the departments in the county have all doubled in size, basically, since this all started."

Overall, Borud says the county maintained a steady pace to meet the challenges posed by 2013.

(Arlo Borud, Mountrail County Commission Chairman) "For the county, we met most of the hurdles, I think, in a good fashion. We still have many to overcome, but I think trying to keep up in ballpark figures as far as salaries for the employees, we've gone from since I've been on the commission, from 50 to 100."

But a new year of work is just beginning.

(Arlo Borud, Mountrail County Commission Chairman) "We had about 4 or 5 road projects we would have liked to have done in 2014 or 2015 that we put on hold because we just did not get enough funding from the state. Like I say, it's better than it was, but we still could use more to take care of all the wounds that are out here. Those are the struggles I see for 2014."

For eye on energy in Stanley, Kelli Volk, KX News.

Borud says Mountrail County's budget for year 2014 is about 98 million, which will help fund more road projects.

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