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Fargo City Commission Meeting Wrap-Up - 11.28.2022

In case you missed the November 28, 2022, Fargo City Commission meeting, here are a few highlights we would like you to know about.


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Liquor bottles

City Attorney to Prepare Amendments to Fargo Municipal Code Relating to Liquor Licenses

During the November meeting of the Liquor Control Board, the board unanimously approved a recommendation to the City Commission to amend the liquor license classifications in such a manner that the number of liquor license classifications. The City would maintain on-sale/off-sale and restaurant classification but would simplify or consolidate similar license classifications.

The City Commission voted 5-0 to direct the City Attorney to prepare these amendments to Fargo Municipal Code, Article 25-15.


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VA

The City of Fargo Approves Request for Qualifications for the Department of Veterans Affairs from Fargo Cass Public Health

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs solicited Fargo Cass Public Health’s Harm Reduction Division to take on the responsibility of providing homeless veterans after-hours triage service. The total funds received would be $18,000 annually.

The City Commission voted 5-0 to approve the RFQ for the Department of Veterans Affairs.


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Wheel loader

The City of Fargo’s Public Works Department to Purchases Additional Fleet Equipment

On November 22, proposals were received for the Public Works Department to expand the fleet with one new motorgrader with a wing and to replace an existing motorgrader with a wing. In addition, a wheel loader with a plow will be purchased. The Public Works Department’s review committee determined RDO Equipment Co.’s proposals were the most compliant to the RFP guidelines. Funding for the expansion unit is included in the 2023 Street Department Capital Budget; funding for the replacement units is included in the 2023 Street Department Equipment Replacement Budget.

The City Commission voted 5-0 to approve these purchases for a total of $948,575.


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Winter trees

The City of Fargo Awards Contracts for Winter Pruning Operations

On November 10, the Public Works Department received Requests for Proposal for upcoming winter pruning operations for the following areas:

* Area 1 – 8th St. N. to N. University Dr. between 7th and 12th Ave. N.
* Area 2 – Par St. and east between 32nd and 25th Ave. NE
* Raise 1 – S. University Dr. to 25th St. between Main and 13th Ave. S.
* Raise 2 – S. University Dr. to 25th St. between 13th Ave. S. and I-94
* Raise 3 – S. University Dr. to the Red River between Main and 13th Ave. S.
* Raise 4 – S. University Dr. to the Red River between 13th Ave. S. and I-94

Bids were received for all projects except Area 1.

The City Commission voted 5-0 to award the upcoming winter pruning contracts to: Carr’s Tree Service for Area 2 ($25,495); All-Terrain Grounds Maintenance for Raise 1, Raise 2 and Raise 3 ($53,940 total); and Bateman Tree and Lawncare for Raise 4 ($10,500).


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Pedestrian

Fargo City Commission approves Fargo-Moorhead Metro Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan

In June 2021, the Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Council of Governments (Metro COG) began the Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan Update. Every five years, Metro COG—in cooperation with local partners—updates the Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan.

This plan was guided by a 23-member study review committee with representation from local jurisdictions, parks departments, local health agencies, citizens and more. Public engagement was also held twice throughout the plan’s development.

The full plan can be viewed online at the [Metro COG website](www.fmmetrocog.org/projects-rfps/BikePedPlan21/project-materials "Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan).

Following discussion, the City Commission voted 5-0 to support the updates to the Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan.