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The Mayor's Message

12/03/2018

The Mayor's Message - 12.03.2018

Fargo Cass Public Health hosted a retirement celebration on November 28th for Principal Office Associate Linda Anderson, who was recognized for 41 years of dedicated service. They are going to miss her. She really knew a lot of the ins and outs of that place.

The Library has added mobile wireless hotspots to its circulating collection to enable individuals and families to access needed digital resources. The hotspots can be checked out the same way as a book or DVD, are available at all three Library locations and can be checked out for up to three weeks. If you don't have internet in your home or apartment, you could use the hotspot.

There are several interesting programs and events happening at the Library in the next couple of weeks including: a storytime featuring the “Classic Nutcracker” and a visit by dancers from FM Ballet on December 4th; a holiday concert by the FM Choral Artists on December 8th; “Two Sneaky Elves” holiday craft-making sessions on December 8th and 11th; teen crafts featuring clay gingerbread ornaments on December 11th and 13th; the Traveling Lantern Theatre Company will perform “A Christmas Carol” at the Main Library on December 17th; and the third annual “Northern Narratives” writing project will have several open writing sessions throughout the winter.

The Police Department’s “No-Shave Movember” fundraising effort raised $9,616.{15} to help a Police Department family’s fight against cancer.

Deb Tellinghusen has retired from the Fargo Police Department after more than 22 years of service as the Crime Free Programs Coordinator.

Congratulations to Downtown Resource Officer Jesseca White, who has been accepted into the “35 Under 35” Women’s Leadership Program sponsored by the United Way.

Residents are encouraged to take advantage of the free holiday lights recycling program if the lights are not working or they are no longer needed. You know, that clump of holiday lights you have somewhere hidden in your house? You can bring them by. Residents can drop off string lights, including new-style LED lights and older styles with screw-in bulbs, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility at 606 43½ St. N. Rope lights cannot be recycled. The recycling program is available through January 31st. So if you want to get through Christmas and then get rid of your lights, that's a good place to drop them off.

Block 9 construction Downtown is on schedule. Auger cast foundations were completed in mid-November. The 367 piers were created a foundation for the buildings are 110 feet deep and include 19 tons of rebar and more than 300 truckloads of concrete. This week, crews will begin mobilizing a 500-ton Hydro crane to erect two tower cranes. When fully extended, the two cranes will be at heights of 304 feet and 277 feet, both taller than the Radisson. Operations are on track for above ground construction to start within the next few weeks. The holiday time will be fun with those new towers, right Jim? They aren't going to have holiday lights on them or anything like that? They did put a nice Christmas tree up!

The City will host a community open house tomorrow from 4 to 8 p.m. as the official grand opening of the new Fargo City Hall. The Mayor and Commissioners and many of the staff will be there to greet you. There will be a short program at 5 o'clock in the NEW City Commission Chambers on the main floor. Everyone in the City gets to take a look at that. And the Fargo South High School musical ensemble Belle Orso Voci will perform at 5:30. Visitors can explore all three floors of the building during the open house with City staff members giving tours within each department. Refreshments will be offered in the main lobby.

And one other thing we need to note is Katie Glen, who helped move into City Hall, is going to move on in her career and go somewhere else. Let's just have use give her a round of applause for all her hard work to get us through City Hall. Thank you Katie, we appreciate it.