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The Mayor's Message - 11.02.2020

Several additional business and occupational licenses are now available on the City’s website including house mover, sign hanger, re-roofing, sidewalk builder, excavator, master heating, journeyman heating and master plumbing. Businesses that use the online process to apply for permits will now see all licenses and permits associated with that business name within one system. Businesses can view, renew or pay for multiple licenses and permits by signing into their City of Fargo account and licensees will receive automated notifications before insurance, bonds or licenses expire, which was previously a manual process. Efficiency, convenience and reduction of human error are the major benefits from this project.

During the October 28 virtual event for “Recovery Reinvented,” the Fargo Cass Public Health Harm Reduction team received the 2020 Za Zula Award, which recognized the team’s innovative ways to provide services yet remain healthy and safe during the pandemic.

The City received an exemplary score of 3 out of 3 on a recently completed Insurance Services Office evaluation titled “Building Code Effectiveness Grading Scale.” The rating puts Fargo in the top category for a reduction in home and flood insurance rates.

The Fargo Public Library’s outdoor StoryWalk continues on the plaza with a new book through December 31st titled “Snowmen at Night” by Caralyn Beuner; a virtual trivia event for teens and adults featuring “Library and Literature” will be held on Wednesday; a virtual escape the library event for kids ages 6 to 12 is Saturday; the Tea Time Book Club meets online November 9th; the fall session of the Young Adult Virtual Book Club is November 10th and features the title “The Fountains of Silence” by Roota Sapetis.

We will be presenting two videos made by our Creative Services Division. The first gives us an inside look at the rehab of the water tower near 9th Avenue and 45th Street South. This procedure extends the life of the tower and saves taxpayer money. The second highlights some of the work done by crews to make this year’s Cleanup Weeks a success. Thank you to everyone on the Solid Waste and Public Works team for your efforts to make this event possible.