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The Mayor's Message

09/21/2020

The Mayor's Message - 09.21.2020

Fargo Cass Public Health reminds the community of the importance of receiving the flu vaccine this year. Because of COVID-19, reducing the spread of respiratory illnesses, like the flu, is especially important this fall and winter. The CDC recommends getting the flu vaccine in September or October, but getting the vaccine anytime during flu season can help protect you.

As of October 1, the Fargo Public Library will no longer charge late fees or fines on materials. This change increases the equitable access to materials, resources and services for all residents. For many, overdue fines and late fees are a barrier that stops them from accessing and benefiting from the variety of resources the Fargo Public Library offers. With this initiative, the Library hopes to increase access to books and reading, boost literacy and remove barriers for all ages. The Library will continue to charge fees for lost, missing or damaged items.

The downtown Main Library has a Mask Tree in the lobby and Library staff are accepting new, handmade masks of any size for the tree to provide masks to the members of the community who need one most. Donated masks can be dropped off at the Main Library Circulation Desk.

The deadline to complete the 2020 Census is September 30. Planning staff will have an update on this topic later in the agenda. There is also a press release about the Census posted on the City’s website.

On September 14, four Fargo firefighters left Fargo to assist with the wildfires in Oregon at the request of the State of Oregon through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, of which all 50 states are members. They are scheduled to return on October 1st. The Fargo crew is part of a task force established with fire departments from Grand Forks, Minot and Williston. Their primary mission is to protect structures impacted by the fires and they have spent the past several days clearing brush and trees as well as setting up a fire sprinkler system in a historic building. On Sunday, they had their first encounter with battling fire. We will now watch two videos from the Communications team.