Todd Feland, City Adminstrator for the City of Grand Forks joined us to talk about the City’s “Parks & Open Space Plan” in the wake of Jonathan Holth’s call for Grand Forks to create a Grand Plan for art in downtown Grand Forks.
Feland outlines what the City is doing currently which will be presented to the Committee of the Whole this coming Monday evening.
Jon Holth was an outspoken advocate for developing Arbor Park. In the aftermath of the election he is talking about a Grand Art Plan for downtown Grand Forks, the necessity for such a plan and why it makes sense.
Holth, the co-owner of the Toasted Frog Restaurants that are located in Grand Forks, Fargo and Bismarck also discusses his recently announced position as interim president and CEO of the the Downtown Community Partnership in Fargo.
Mac takes emails and waxes eloquent about the following:
(1) You duty to vote
(2) Why the Arbor Park issue was a big issue — and — Why are there still ELECTED BODIES NOT ON TV? Why don’t they allow their meetings to be televised live or even recorded to be aired later on local access channels?
Dana Sande, President of the Grand Forks City Council, is concerned about the situation the City of Grand Forks finds itself in financially as a result of a decrease in State funding of infrastructure combined with a declining City Sales Tax. The Bottom Line – there are dark clouds on the horizon for every local government in the state.
In a pointed interview as the vote on Arbor Park gets under way, Sande expressed frustration over what he believes are falsehoods about the “standard Renaissance Zone incentives” that apply to the Ritterman project that could be built in Arbor Park if approved and emphasized the importance of this vote for much needed tax revenue and as a message to developers that Grand Forks is business friendly.
Steven Schadler was a Grand Forks Park District Horticulturist from 1988 trough 2002. He joins us to discuss the history of Arbor Park, its significance to those who built it and his estimate of the “cost” of moving Arbor Park.
Schadler also discusses his views as a horticulturist on how the City handled the move of Memorial Park when it was moved due to a development and his opinion of what today’s downtowns need to be vibrant.
Grand Forks City Council Member Ken Vein joined us today to discuss the Arbor Park issue and his hopes for the vote. While Ken was on we also discussed his thoughts relative to 20 years after the Flood of 1997 — Ken was the City Engineer at the time and on of the “Tri-Chairs” who made critical decisions in the aftermath of the flood.
Vein discusses his thoughts on downtown development and what it means for Grand Forks to be “open for business.”