Minot Downtown Gathering talk tabled amid tense meeting

MINOT, N.D. - Discussion on a part of the development of downtown Minot appears to be at a standstill.

The Minot City Council voted Monday night to table discussion on the proposed downtown gathering space until at least next month.

Some of the council members addressed concerns over the progress of the project, as well as its tie-in to the National Disaster Resilience program.

Some said the city needs to pull back and revisit the selection of the location, as well as the financing of the project.

“I think there's entirely a time for a reboot to this project because it's a once-in-a-lifetime shot of $74.3 million. And so Mr. Mayor, I think as we move forward, I think that you should appoint a new liaison to this project because I don't think I have held up my end of the bargain, but I think that there's public trust about how we are going about this,” said Alderman Shannon Straight.

Other city leaders disagreed with some criticisms of the process.