BEULAH, N.D. — City leaders in Beulah have approved a crew camp for as many as 400 workers who will build a urea fertilizer plant, and tacked on several conditions aimed at appeasing residents who aren’t fond of the idea.
The proposal by the Capital Lodge company for a crew camp across from a residential subdivision sparked objections from some residents who worry about increased crime, traffic and stress on city services.
The City Council on Monday night approved a permit with numerous conditions, including a $600-per-bed fee, a $400,000 reclamation bond, a required traffic study and the potential for the permit to be revoked based on police calls and complaints.
“We knew it would pass,” neighbor Kurt Kruger told The Bismarck Tribune. “The conditions . you don’t get what you want, you get what you can live with.”
Capital Lodge officials will analyze the conditions to see if the crew camp is still workable.
“Until now, we haven’t known what rules we were playing under,” Operations Manager David Brown said.
The workers in the camp will be building a $400 million fertilizer plant adjacent to Dakota Gasification Co., a plant near Beulah that converts coal to natural gas and other byproducts.
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