Monday, January 21, 2013

Reports from the Road and River Committee

2012 Norman Road and River Bank Committee report

Members: Tom Odegaard, Orlan Swenson, Mike Gustafson, Paul Berg, and Hank Trangsrud

Midwest Testing Lab/Terracon (Fargo, ND) submitted their Sheyenne river bank stabilization geotechnical report to Houston Engineering, Inc (Fargo, ND) on November 6, 2012.  The geotechnical report is 51 pages long and will remain on display in the Norman Church Library.  In brief, none of the original stabilization options (including the 78-foot sheet pile option 1 estimated at a cost of $1.7 million) will sufficiently abate the steady regression of the river bank.  A summary from the engineer’s report from lead engineer Rick St. Germain is provided below.


“Houston Engineering recognizes that the erosion of the stream bank will likely proceed at a slow and steady rate as it has in the past.  Maintaining or adding vegetation on the slopes will slow the erosion.  Carful hand placement of riprap to fill holes, gouges or drop-offs while maintaining the vegetation will slow the rate of erosion.  Neither vegetation nor hand placed rip rap will provide a desirable factor of safety but could provide a significant amount of time before something more extreme needs to happen.  

Houston Engineering recommends it is prudent to discontinue project development and cease the expenditure of additional engineering costs at this time.”

Based on this information, the Road and River Bank Committee submitted a letter to the Southeast Cass Water Resource District stating the following,

“In light of the information provided by Houston Engineering in the report addressed to Southeast Cass Water Resource District dated November 30, 2012 concerning the unstable soils in the river bank by the Norman church, our church council has decided at this point to stop further efforts to attempt to stabilize the river bank.  The estimated costs are far beyond what our church could consider.
We therefore request that the SE Cass WRD stop work on the proposed project.  We also request that all accumulated costs thus far on the project be paid and any remaining funds from the $35,000 bond on deposits with SEC-WRD be refunded to the Norman Lutheran Church.”

These geotechnical reports will now be provided to the Norman Building Committee to use in their continued efforts.

Below are each of the reports in PDF format.

Engineer Report

Feasibility Report and Estimates

Feasibility Plan and Sections

Geo Technical Engineering Report

Topographical with Image

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Family Sunday School

February 3 - FAMILY SUNDAY Making Snack bags for the Churches United, and are in need of the following HEALTHY snack items: pretzels, granola bars, trail mix, raisins, dried fruit, nuts - all kinds, not in the shell, fresh fruit, popcorn
$$ donations are welcome to cover cost of baggies and labels

Men's Group

TO THE MEN OF NORMAN AND DAVENPORT:  Men, I would like to gather all the men together and begin a group.  Our first meeting shall be on February 2nd  at 7:00AM at Norman Lutheran.  There will be a breakfast and discussion.  Come with your ideas, part of our first time gathering will be discussing what it is YOU, the men, would like to do.  I hope you are able to make it. 

Delman Bernstein Benefit

Benefit for Delman Bernstein on Saturday, February 2nd from 6 - 10 p.m. at the Davenport Community Center (formerly the Davenport School.) Del will be undergoing major surgery this month and is expected to be away from work for several months.  There will be pulled pork and beef sandwiches, beans, salad, bars and beverage with a free will offering.  There will be raffles, silent auctions and door prizes. Come join us for some food and fun and show your support for Del! 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

New Directory through LifeTouch

To select your time please click on the church name below.

We have Norman Scheduled for Fri. Feb 15th (2- 9 pm) and Sat. Feb. 16th (10:-4:30 pm)
We have Davenport Scheduled for Tues. Feb. 26 (2- 9 pm) and Thurs. Feb. 28th (2-9 pm)

*Members from each congregation can to go to either place
*Each family does receive a directory and 8x10 portrait for taking part in the LifeTOuch directory program
*Life Touch sends out three phone calls, as a ‘kick off’, as a ‘reminder to schedule’ and as a ‘see you at the church for you picture’ 

Monday, January 7, 2013

Annual Meetings

Annual Meeting for Norman will be held on Sunday, January, 27th following the worship service.

Annual Meeting for Davenport will be held on Sunday, February, 3rd following the worship service.  Also following the meeting will be a potluck dinner. 

Reports for the annual meeting are due on January, 20th.