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The Mayor's Message - 07.30.2018

There are a variety of things happening this week. The Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Addiction will host a Take Back Tuesday event tomorrow (July 31st) from 1 to 4 p.m. on the sidewalk outside the main entrance of Fargo Cass Public Health. This event allows area residents to dispose of unused and unwanted over-the-counter and prescription medications. Each time we have this event, I am surprised how many people are bringing grocery bags full of medication.

The Library’s annual Summer Reading Program ends on Saturday (August 4th). Some events this week include: author Marci R. Rendon will sit down with the Downtown Library at 7 p.m. Wednesday for a reading and talk featuring her debut mystery novel, “Murder on the Red River,” there will be a free family movie at 1 p.m. Friday at the Carlson Library; and more beginner yoga sessions for adults are planned in August.

The Library is adding board games to its circulating collection and anyone with a valid Fargo Public Library card can check out board games such as “Clue,” “Bananagrams,” “Settlers of Catan,” “Ticket to Ride” and “Farkle.”

Events are planned in Rabanus Park from 5 to 7 p.m. August 5th to celebrate the opening of World Garden Commons and Prairie for the People, part of The Fargo Project. A variety of ecological and cultural activities are planned including a mini powwow, garden tours, music, art projects and a scavenger hunt. If you drive past there, it has really come a long way. It looks kind of like a jungle, almost, but it's growing nicely.

The Fargo Native American Commission is seeking Fargo residents who have made outstanding contributions to the Indigenous Peoples of the City of Fargo. The deadline for submitting nominations to the Planning Department is September 1st. The award will be presented to the recipient as part of the events on Indigenous Peoples Day October 8th.

The Police Chief Todd is jealous because the Mayor jumped out of a airplane and he didn't get to do that. The Police Department held a Retiree Invite-Back event recently at the new station. Nearly 60 retirees and their spouses attended the barbecue and tour of the new facility. Chief Todd said it was an opportunity to see familiar faces and let them know they are valued. He said it was a great time, he got a lot of positive feedback and thanks and he said he is going to try to make it an annual event. 60 people, that's quite a few. How many do you have in that department now? "Not enough" said Chief Todd. Always remember, don't ask the question unless you know the answer.

Chief Todd spoke at a recent Cass County Commission meeting regarding the state radio project. He said the current radio system in Fargo will be at the end of its service life at the end of this year and the need to move forward with a new system is now. He said North Dakota is one of only two states in the country that does not have a statewide radio system. And that's really important for communication between different departments to work together from all over the state. How much would it cost to get a new system? "Around $220 million" said Chief Todd.