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The Mayor's Message - April 23, 2018

The Fire and Water departments and Red River Regional Dispatch met recently with a representative from the Insurance Services Organization to update information regarding Fargo’s Public Protection Classification, which helps determine insurance rates for residential and commercial properties. Fargo is currently an ISO Class 2 community. ISO will review all information and give a report in four to six months.

Congratulations to Battalion Chief Craig Nelson, who has graduated from the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program, and to Firefighter Ben Willey, who recently graduated from the National Fire Academy’s Managing Fire Officer Program.

The Fargo Cass Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Division will partner with local law enforcement, first responders and additional area agencies to conduct a training exercise at Fargo North High School on Friday, which will test the ability of these agencies to respond to and set up a Point of Dispensing in the event of a public health emergency. The Point of Dispensing would be used to distribute medication to residents in an emergency. This is an exercise to see how well we would do with said type of a disbursement of a flu or virus within the communities and how we would combat it. Should be an interesting exercise.

Congratulations to Matt Nelson, Fargo Cass Public Health Emergency Planner who has been recognized by the National Board of Public Health Examiners as Certified in Public Health. This accomplishment demonstrates a mastery of the core sciences of public health, as well as a strong commitment to staying on the cutting-edge of public health issues.

May is Building Safety Month. Each week in May focuses on a different topic such as partnering with code officials to build stronger and safer communities, advancing resilient communities through science and technology, protecting communities from disaster, safeguarding our water and improving education and training standards.

There are several interesting and engaging programs for residents of all ages at the Library over the next couple of weeks, including: Julie Garden Robinson from NDSU Extension will present “Pinching Pennies in the Kitchen,” which will include easy and inexpensive recipes for soups, casseroles and stir fry; teens can make diffuser necklaces for Mother’s Day; and the Current History Book Club will meet and discuss “Death and Life of the Great Lakes” by Dan Egan.

Police Chief Dave Todd traveled recently to Mankato, Minnesota, to speak about leadership to a criminal justice class at Minnesota State University Mankato, which has the largest criminal justice program in Minnesota. He said it was fun to see the students’ energy and enthusiasm and it was a good reminder as to why he got into the profession in the first place.

The Police Department’s Community Trust Officers have received a bus from the Transit Department to use for transporting children to and from CTO summer camp and other activities. Transportation is often the biggest limitation for involvement for the children.

This is a thing we get a lot of calls for and Commissioners have been answering these emails. The Street Department has started street sweeping operations throughout the city. So, we have a lot of sand build up and we are going to get to it. Sweeping will start with arterial roadways and the downtown business district. Then the crews will then move into residential corridors. It usually takes about a month to sweep the entire city in the spring if the weather cooperates.

A Commercial Building Plan Review and Permitting Guide is now available on the City’s website. The guide assists applicants with the plan review and permitting process and provides a centralized location for all materials, forms and resources. Departments and staff involved in the commercial permitting process include Inspections, Engineering, Planning and Development, Fire and Fargo Cass Public Health. This should make it easier to help people who are interested in commercial building permits.

We have someone who has been working for us for a while. Harold has been with us for 38.5 years of service. He is a City Fleet Manager; Harold Pedersen is retiring on May 1. He began his career with the city in 1979 as an equipment technician. Through hard work and dedication, he was promoted to fleet manager in 2005. He has been instrumental in the introduction of many valuable changes in the way the city manages and maintains the fleet.

We hear you helped us get our costs down in a nice way. We want to thank and honor Harold for his many years of dedicated services to the City of Fargo and in appreciate we are going to present Harold with this plaque. He says he will finally have time for his grand kids, he enjoys the Bison and goes to the games, loves to hunt, likes old motorcycles. But, he's something interesting about a guy. You always think about doing something in your life and you finally have the time to do it; he's going to finish his basement. Would you like to say anything to the team?

"It's been a privilege to work for the City of Fargo and one thing I'll leave with is that the level of commitment of our people and our staff at the City of Fargo are second to none. I'm very, very proud to be a part of that group. And, so much for riding quietly into the sun set."