Growth and development in North Dakota’s cities are common.
But how about in rural areas and small towns?
Ward County is in the process of building a comprehensive plan to address that question.
“I think it’s great opportunity for us to work together as an entire county,” said Susan Schmidt, Sawyer Auditor and Business Owner.
Drive 20 minutes from the largest city in Ward County you’ll come across the small town of Sawyer.
“Ward County is growing and so we do need some things done,” said Eileen Darkow, Sawyer Business Owner.
Now that the county is ready to make those updates, Sawyer residents are hoping to benefit.
“We’re doing all we can to grow Sawyer,” said Schmidt.
One of the concerns for Sawyer and other small communities in Ward County is the roads and the access they have in and out of their communities.
“I would like to see some improvements on roads especially some of the smaller roads, township roads, county roads,” said Schmidt.
“If you can get on the county road you can get in and out of Sawyer,” said Darkow.
Susan and Eileen believe that better roads and infrastructure could mean more customers.
“Especially in our direction of Ward County, it’s bound to help with our small business this year in Sawyer,” said Darkow.
Even with the plan, Schmidt says that the City of Sawyer is still taking steps to grow the community.
“We have recently changed our water.”31 We’ve recently sold some homes to families and so that’s great,” said Schmidt.
But by working together with all the county towns – they hope that everyone will be able to benefit and help their home communities thrive.
“Anytime you can get steady growth, Ward County’s going to benefit,” said Darkow.
The second of two public meetings on the county’s comprehensive plan is going on tonight in Berthold.