- Associated Press - Monday, November 23, 2015

ZAP, N.D. (AP) - A Mercer County town that hosted one of North Dakota’s most infamous parties nearly half a century ago has newly paved streets, but some residents aren’t pleased about the cost.

About 250 people live in Zap, where the “Zip to Zap” college spring break event in 1969 ended with National Guard soldiers kicking more than 2,000 students out of town after the celebration spun out of control and caused thousands of dollars’ worth of damage.

Each property owner in Zap will pay about $6,700 in special taxes over 20 years to pay for the repaving project, The Bismarck Tribune reported (https://bit.ly/1Ypesil ). As a comparison, an average special assessment for a Bismarck road project is about $2,840.

“I like the roads but I’m not going to like the bill,” said Lucretia Dirk, who has lived in Zap for 23 years.

Adrian Bauer also didn’t favor the project, saying “I think it was a waste of money.”

Auditor Cynthia Zahn said that with the demand for infrastructure money by larger towns and cities in the western oil patch, finding funds such as state grants is “like trying to find a needle in a haystack.”

The city solicited feedback from the community on the proposed paving project, and the majority of residents wanted to go ahead, Mayor Terry Barden said. Patching streets was getting costly and fruitless, he said, and the city has now put itself in position to grow.

“You’ve got to look forward instead of back,” he said.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com


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