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Fargo City Commission Meeting Wrap-Up - 07.08.2024

In case you missed the July 8, 2024, Fargo City Commission meeting, here are a few highlights we would like you to know about.


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Fargo City Commission
Fargo City Commission

Two City Commissioners Sworn In; New Deputy Mayor Appointed

Fargo voters elected Michelle Turnberg and re-elected John Strand on June 11 to fill two open seats on the City Commission. Commissioners Turnberg and Strand each began four-year terms on July 1.

On Monday night, July 8, at the beginning of the City Commission meeting, Municipal Judge Steve Dawson administered the Oath of Office to Commissioners Turnberg and Strand.

During the meeting, the City Commission also elected a new Deputy Mayor. Commissioners voted 4-1 to appoint Commissioner Denise Kolpack to the post.


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Recycling Drop Site
Recycling Drop Site

The City of Fargo Approves Leases for Recycling Drop Sites

The City of Fargo Solid Waste Division currently maintains 20 drop sites throughout the city that accept recyclable items and yard waste.

Four of the sites are on Fargo Public Schools property (North High School and Lewis & Clark, Lincoln and McKinley Elementary Schools) and one site is at Shanley High School on property belonging to the Diocese of Fargo.

On Monday night, the City Commission unanimously approved new drop-site lease agreements with Fargo Public Schools and the Diocese of Fargo that provide for a lease term of one year that will renew automatically each year for ten years.

For a full list of drop sites, visit FargoND.gov/DropSites.


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Fargo Cass Public Health Exterior
Fargo Cass Public Health Exterior

Women’s Health Grant Awarded to Fargo Cass Public Health

Fargo Cass Public Health has received a renewed federal grant to help with early detection of cancer in women.

The $98,014 grant will continue to fund the Women’s Way program at Fargo Cass Public Health, which screens women for breast and cervical cancer. One of the goals of the grant is to increase the number of women screened.

The Women’s Way program serves women in Cass, Steele and Traill counties. For eligibility guidelines, visit FargoCassPublicHealth.com/WomensWay.

On Monday night, the City Commission unanimously approved the grant, which is administered by the North Department of Health and Human Services.


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City of Fargo Employees
City of Fargo Employees

City Commission Approves Commissioners’ Liaison Assignments

Each member of the City Commission has a portfolio of liaison assignments through which they communicate and collaborate closely with City of Fargo departments, boards and other entities.

On Monday, the City Commission voted 5-0 to approve the Commissioners’ liaison assignments for the next two years. The new assignments are as follows:

Mayor Dr. Tim Mahoney will serve as the Commission’s liaison to the Finance Department, Assessor’s Office, Human Resources Department, Police Department, Public Works Department, Cass County Planning Commission, Diversion Authority, Diversion Authority Finance Committee, Diversion Authority Planning Committee, Economic Development Incentives Committee, Greater Fargo-Moorhead Economic Development Corporation, Lake Agassiz Water Authority, Red River Regional Dispatch Center Board, Sustainability & Resiliency Committee, Public Works Projects Evaluation Committee, Police Advisory and Oversight Board and Renaissance Zone Authority.

Commissioner Denise Kolpack will serve as liaison to the Communications & Governmental Affairs Department, Solid Waste Division, Water Treatment, Water Reclamation, Fire Department, Diversion Authority, Metro Area Transit Coordinating Board, Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Council of Governments (Metro COG), Vector Control, Red River Regional Dispatch Center Board, Utility Committee, Arts & Culture Commission and Fargo Youth Initiative.

Commissioner Dave Piepkorn will serve as liaison to Facilities Management, FARGODOME, Inspections Department, Planning & Development Department, Strategic Planning and Research, Diversion Authority, Diversion Authority Finance Committee, Economic Development Incentives Committee, Lake Agassiz Water Authority (alternate), Liquor Control Board, Metro COG, Core Neighborhoods, Board of Adjustment, Board of Appeals, Fargo Dome Authority, Fargo Dome Authority Finance Committee, Historic Preservation Commission, Planning Commission, Red River Basin Board and Renaissance Zone Authority.

Commissioner John Strand will serve as liaison to the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Department, Fargo Cass Public Health, Transit/Mobility, Ambulance Service Oversight Committee, Cass Clay Food Commission, Diversion Authority (alternate), Metro Area Transit Coordinating Board, Metro COG, Regional Housing Commission, Sustainability & Resiliency Committee, Municipal Airport Authority, Board of Health, Civil Service Commission, Downtown Community Partnership/InFocus, Housing Authority, Human Rights Commission and Native American Commission.

Commissioner Michelle Turnberg will serve as liaison to the Information Services Department, Engineering Department, Fargo Public Library, Diversion Authority (alternate), Diversion Authority Land Management Committee, Metro COG, Traffic Technical Advisory Committee, House Moving Board, Library Board, Red River Basin Board (alternate) and Special Assessment Commission.