Williston, ND (KEYZ) Mayor Howard Klug walked his audience both at the Grand Williston Hotel and over the radio waves down memory lane Wednesday afternoon during his State of the City address, augmented by visual slides of “before and after” shots of the city, now and back in 2008.
“As we keep moving forward it’s going to work, we are committed to downtown,” said the Mayor. “It’s not only livable, but practical with shops, medical practices and living areas all within walking distance,” he says.
The Mayor was extremely proud of how easier it is to do business with the city of Williston. “If you want a building permit her, we have done a lot to streamline the process in getting a building permit over the last year. Is it easier to do business here than in Watford City, yes it is!” said a confident Mayor Klug.
Shawn Wenko, Economic Development Director validated the mayor’s words saying that it is just as busy in Williston today as it was eight or ten years ago it’s just the difference this time is things are not as “crazy” at it was back then.
“We see increased activity, and the reason it is not just total chaos is because of the infrastructure that we’ve put into the ground in the last seven to eight years. You’ll see the tag line tonight at the awards banquet, Economic Development, We’re Ready. We are ready, we’ve put billions of dollars into infrastructure to be ready for this next up tick. We said it was coming back, and here it is,” said Wenko.
The only two issues left unsolved at the moment are school over crowding and lack of new housing starts. Both of which are connected tightly to any further growth in Williston so can not be ignored. This Thursday the next public meeting on the housing shortage will be hosted by Williston’s Development Services Director Mark Schneider. It’s free and will be from 8:30 to 11:30 am in the Williams County Commission room.