- Associated Press - Saturday, March 7, 2015

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - A Williston man camp that the city ruled must close because of code violations filed an injunction this week to stay open.

The Williston City Commission ordered the Black Gold Lodge to vacate its property by March 1, but the injunction means it will be allowed to stay open for now, the Williston Herald (https://bit.ly/1wOMumO ) reported.

Details of the injunction weren’t available, but Williston officials confirmed an order for it was signed by Northwest District Judge Paul Jacobson.

Black Gold came under city limits in 2013 through a land annexation. The city requires sprinkler systems, and commissioners had given the 400-bed camp until the end of 2014 to install one. The company said contractor issues stalled the installation.

Last month, the City Commission rejected a petition from managers who argued their business had come into compliance with city code. Commissioner Chris Brostuen said at the meeting that situation is “pure negligence,” which the commission should not reward.

Officials from Black Gold, which has said it has spent nearly $700,000 installing the system, didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment from the Associated Press on Saturday.


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

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