The first of many public meetings on the Recovery was held at the GFSS auditorium on Wednesday July 11, 2018
These meetings are to inform the public about what has been happening, what is planned and also to get feedback from the public. A for instance was the appearance of Rockwool and an announcement of their offer of up to 20 bags of insulation free to those needing to rebuild. More info on that at www.rockwool.com/grandforks.
These are also the place to ask questions and put rumours to rest.
Such as this rumour: Is there an $80 million dollar cash infusion so the city can buy out affected home owners? No there is not.
or this question: Will those having to rebuild have to pay fees to the city for things such as licenses and re-connection of power? No the planners don’t want to add to your pain.
The full meeting can be watched below. IF time permits I’ll try to add better links to parts of the meeting so you don’t have to wade though the whole thing to find the question or info you need to know. Like I do with city council pie. (but today I have shift to work so time does not permit this)
City Council only had one public meeting on June 25
For those watching the meeting it might have gotten a little confusing because they changed the order of agenda items at the start of the meeting right after they gave a big thank you to Samaritan’s Purse for all the work they put into helping out our community.
The meeting in its entirety
It was a full day for city council with a Committee Of The Whole meeting in the morning and a Regular Meeting in the evening.
Please note that the videos begin appearing the same as always but soon change to use the streamed video. As we transition into better live streaming this will improve and at some point the ‘produced videos’ will be exactly the same as the live stream in appearance. It will take some time to get the kinks ironed out. Streaming is going to Facebook but the produced ones go to YouTube.
The Committee Of The Whole
The Regular Meeting
May 22 was the first official City Council meeting since the Flood began.
Some people were upset with council (to put it mildly). Many want some leadership which they feel has been lacking. Others wanted to know what’s the Plan for such things as
- evacuees who come to the end of their stays in hotels and motels
- businesses devastated by the flood and/or evacuated from their premises
- the huge amount of contaminated material left behind inside and around people’s homes
And they weren’t all that happy with what they got in reply.
The agenda can be found at the link the button on the right points at. But there were a number of Late Items added to it related to the Flood (which they tried to include in an Addendum to the agenda). Specifically as relates to giving some leeway on charges and fees to properties and customers directly impacted by the flood.
The meeting was streamed live to the web. But there were technical issues at the start so the live stream didn’t being until about 12 minutes into the actual meeting. The live stream went to Facebook where over 80 people watched as it happened and thousands later on. And during and later they commented . . . and it’s a bit of an eye opener. You can see all that in the facebook post (if you’re on Facebook). Or you can watch that below – be warned that the first few minutes are a bit glitchy.