- Associated Press - Friday, January 20, 2017

RAY, N.D. (AP) - A company has canceled plans to build a hotel in Ray after many delays and missed deadlines.

Sky Watch Group came to the decision after an extension granted this past fall expired on Jan. 1, the Williston Herald (http://bit.ly/2k7pSg4 ) reported. The extension allowed for the creation of an escrow account and the development of building plans.

Neither was completed, continuing a pattern of missed deadlines, which frustrated county officials.

“My opinion is that every one of us in these chairs have said at one time or another over the past few years that all we’re doing is delaying the inevitable,” Commission Chairman David Montgomery said during a meeting Tuesday. “I don’t know how many deadlines we’re going to give them.”

The county’s attorney, Karen Prout, told commissioners that filing a lawsuit in an attempt to get the company to clean up the site might be the most efficient course of action.

The Williams County Commission will decide on its plan of action during its Feb. 1 meeting.

Ray’s commissioning board will be discussing what to do with the property at its next meeting on Feb. 13. But Ken Munson, the board’s president, said it’s likely that a special meeting will take place sooner.

“Everybody was kind of hoping to have something go in there, it’s real disappointing that this didn’t follow through,” Munson said. “This is a whole different magnitude because they decided to go with underground parking, so what are we left with but this big hole in the ground.”

Munson estimates the property’s current value is about $50,000.

A Sky Watch spokesman didn’t return a call from the newspaper Tuesday.

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Information from: Williston Herald, http://www.willistonherald.com

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