April 27, 2015

FAQs

City standards for service can be viewed under City Service Standards. There are also Additional Water and Sewer Service Standards available. You may contact the City Engineer or Public Works to get more information. To officially request services you can use the standard Request for Improvements form as a guideline.

This letter can be sent to the City Engineer, Public Works Department or City Administrator.

The City will not perform legal surveys. Front pins are usually 2' behind the sidewalk but can vary. You can try to locate the property pins (rebar located below the ground) with a metal detector. A legal boundary survey can be performed by a Registered Land Surveyor in the State of North Dakota to obtain locations.

Legally, the City of West Fargo has no jurisdiction in rear yard drainage issues. Only certain catch basins within City easements can be addressed. If there is a problem at a catch basin call the Public Works Department at (701) 433-5400. For other drainage issues, such as excess fill or other blockages, the first course of action is to contact your neighbors.

The Engineering Department can help mediate but cannot make enforceable decisions. The Engineering Department can only give recommendations to help rectify or improve the situation and will provide survey services on a limited basis (usually along the rear property line) to help establish those recommendations. Drainage issues may be addressed to wfdrainage@mooreengineering.com.

The City of West Fargo employs Moore Engineering, Inc to provide engineering services for the City. They are located at 925 10th Avenue East, just south of the West Fargo High School. Mark Housh is our building inspector, Kevin Bucholz is the City Engineer and Dustin Scott is the Assistant City Engineer.

Their hours are from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. They can be contacted at (701) 282-4692 or faxed at (701) 282-4530.

If you have any questions or concerns with a current City construction project please contact the Engineering Department at wfconst@mooreengineeringinc.com. Concerns with specific new building issues should be addressed to the Building Inspections Department.

Older infrastructure issues: street lights being out, potholes, damaged street signs etc. should be addressed to the Public Works Department at (701) 433-5400.

Yes, we have several retail sites, office sites and industrial sites available to fit any commercial need. Please check out the website at www.westfargond.gov/econdev/Business for listing of available properties.

YES! Please do not dig if you plan on digging a foot or more down on your property. Call was put in place to save lives by locating underground utilities. The service is free to homeowners and it takes about five minutes to answer the questions. Some of the things you should be able to answer before calling: address where digging is going to take place, the nearest intersection street, depth that you will be digging, date that the excavation will take place and good driving directions to your location.

The number is 1-800-795-0555 or simply 811. You can also submit requests online at www.ndonecall.com.

You may have your water and garbage bill emailed directly to you instead of having a paper copy mailed to your home.

Please email utility.billing@westfargond.gov and provide your name and service address to complete the setup process and we will take care of the rest.

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West Fargo Public Works

 

Contact

Chris Brungardt

Public Works Director

Phone:(701) 433-5400

Address: 810 12th Ave. NW
             West Fargo, ND 58078

About the West Fargo Public Works

The West Fargo Public Works Department is made up of over 50 employees that maintain West Fargo's

  • Streets
  • Sewer and water
  • Sanitation
  • Forestry

Have a question or concern and need to contact Public Works?  Send us a message using the link to the left:

West Fargo Public Works Department Duties

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Public Works News and Updates

 West Fargo Snow Removal Level of Service

It is the expectation that the City keep all roadways sufficiently passable during and following a winter storm.

Each storm is unique and the measures utilized to clear the roads take into consideration air and pavement temperatures, wind characteristics, precipitation rates and types, duration and traffic activity.  Availability of equipment, personnel and materials are also key factors that affect the effectiveness of snow and ice control efforts.  Consequently, roadways are prioritized with Snow Emergency Routes being given the highest priority.

In order to view the current status of the plows, click on the snow plow (Quick Link) to the right of the screen.

 Winter Restrictions and Prohibitions

It is unlawful to deposit any snow upon any City street or public right-of-way.

The property owner is responsible for removing snow and ice from the sidewalks adjacent to their property within 48 hours.  If snow and ice are not removed, it may be removed by authorized City personnel and the costs for snow removal, along with an administration fee, will be assessed against the property.

Stranded vehicles or illegally parked vehicles, which are interfering with winter operations, will be impounded.

The following restrictions will be followed if property damage occurs due to the city plow or by the weight of the snow that is thrown:

  **Vehicle Damage:  Owner must report immediately with police department completing a crash report.

  **Property/Sod:  The City will level damaged area, replace top soil if needed, seed and hydromulch.  The City will not be responsible for private contractors or privately acquired materials.

  **Mailboxes:  If City equipment hits a mailbox, the City will provide labor and up to $75 in materials.

The City will NOT be responsible for any sprinkler systems, basketball hoops, hockey goals or any other types of displays. 

West Fargo Water

West Fargo utilizes wells for its water usage.  The water is safe, but may from time-to-time look discolored or have sediment.  This is caused when the lines are disturbed causing the rust from pipes and water sediment to mix into the water.  If you notice discoloration in your water, run cold water until it returns to its original state.  Additionally, because of this, the City of West Fargo flushes the hydrants a couple of times of year to keep the water working at its optimum level.  Hydrant Flushing is well advertised through the media and on the website.  When the lines are being flushed, we recommend that whites not be washed as the rust may cause the clothing to become stained.  However, if this does happen, the Public Works Department or City Hall can provide free bottles of Rust-Co to the homeowner. 

 Recycling Information

Click here to learn more about recycling in North Dakota. The North Dakota Solid Waste and Recycling Association webpage has answers to your recycling questions and keeps you up to date on the latest recycling news and changes statewide.

In addition to the curbside recycling program that is offered in West Fargo, recycling receptacles are located next to the Eagle Run water tower at 40th Ave & the South East Parking lot of the Sanitation building  at 117 8th St. Cardboard & plastic can be dropped off at these locations but cannot be picked up curbside at this time.

Water Softener Settings

Use the following for setting up a home water softener: Hardness 16 grain per gallon and Iron .65 milligrams per liter.  Pressure is 55