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The Mayor's Message - 10.21.2019

Fargo Cass Public Health will hold “Flu Shot Friday” events for the public on Friday, October 25th from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday, November 22 from 8 to 11 a.m., both in the Linden Room at Fargo Cass Public Health. Flu shots will be available for anyone age 6 months and older. Those who wish to receive a flu shot should bring their Medicare or health insurance information to the clinic.

Citizens who own and reside in a single-family property can take out permits to do residential work on that property. For those who do not want to do the work themselves, the Inspections Department strongly suggests hiring a licensed contractor to ensure building codes are followed and the project is completed. A licensed contractor is required on all commercial and multi-family construction projects.

Teens are invited to participate in sugar skull decorating events October 22nd at the Carlson Library and October 24th at the Main Library. Pre-registration is required.

The Library is hosting a “Golden Girls” themed party and trivia event on October 26th at 10 a.m. at the Main Library. Come dressed as your favorite “Golden Girls” character, prizes will be awarded and cheesecake and coffee will be served.

The Human Relations Commission is seeking nominations for its Martin Luther King Jr. Day Human Relations awards. Community members are encouraged to submit nominations by November 13th for individuals and organizations from Fargo whose work embodies King’s life as well as his legacy. Awards will be presented in adult, youth and business or nonprofit categories.

The cranes at Block 9 were recently lifted 50 feet higher in order to complete the upper levels. Crews are pouring the level 18 floor with the level 18 columns and elevator core following closely behind. When the columns and elevator core are done on level 18, this will make Block 9 the tallest building in the Fargo-Moorhead area at 213 feet. The final height of the building will be 235 feet and will be reached with the level 18 roof structure, which will be completed in November. Elsewhere in the project, crews are working to install precast and windows, which will close up the exterior of the building by January of next year. Mechanical, electrical and other miscellaneous trades are following along on the interiors of the building. There are approximately 175 tradespeople on the site daily.

This week is MATBUS Week, a fun and interactive opportunity for residents to experience all of the benefits of MATBUS. Through October 26th, there will be several special offers and events including the new MATPASS card which allows passengers to purchase and store bus passes all in one convenient place.

An outside consultant group has been studying the Red River Regional Dispatch Center, its call volume, staffing and facility needs. As the metro area grows, the need to be strategic about how, when and where to grow dispatch capabilities becomes even more important. A report from the group will be done in November and then decisions and recommendations will be made as to proper staffing and other facility needs.

The records and evidence divisions have now moved to the new Police Department building and the lobby was opened and operational Thursday morning.