WHAT IF THE GRAND FORKS SALES TAX IS VOTED DOWN?

Bret Weber
Grand Fork City Council Member

Grand Forks City Councilman Bret Weber was a strong advocate for raising the mil levy one half of one mil in order to fully fund the City’s FY 2018 Personnel Budget, a motion which failed on a 6-0  vote; we’ll talk about his rationale for the increase and why he think it failed in such an overwhelming way.

Speaking of mil increases, we’ll also discuss options the Council will have if the proposed Sales Tax measure fails at the ballot box in November, here are three:

(1)  Do nothing additional with infrastructure;  additional funding for the new water treatment plant collected from water rate increases

(2)  Put “band aids” on infrastructure and levy those mils via the property tax; additional funding for the new water treatment plant collected from water rate increases

(3)  Fully fund infrastructure mil requirements via the property tax; additional funding for the new water treatment plant collected from water rate increases

HURRICANE HARVEY & EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT: Todd Feland

Todd Feland
City Administrator
City of Grand Forks

Todd Feland, the City Administrator of the City of Grand Forks and former the Public Works Department Head in post-flood Grand Forks, joined us to discuss Emergency Operations as Hurricane Harvey and its residual storms continue to pound southeast Texas.

Is there a larger role for active duty military units to play, especially in the first 7-10 days of a disaster.  They do it around the world and can be alerted and used during the height of the disaster, and so time is not lost in mobilization and movement.

IF NO SALES TAX INCREASE… WHAT THEN? Todd Feland

Todd Feland
City Administrator
City of Grand Forks

Todd Feland is the City Administrator of Grand Forks, he joined us to discuss and footnote key elements of Mayor Mike Brown’s Sales Tax increase proposal which was unveiled Monday night.

Todd walks us through the plan for infrastructure, to include 42nd St and 47th Ave South, the Plan for Reserves, the plan for existing infrastructure and the plan for use of both mils and sales tax revenue that is currently servicing permanent flood protection debt that goes away in 2021.

We also discuss the Mayor and Council’s alternatives if the sales tax is no approved.  If you care to be part of an informed debate on the Sales Tax issue, you must listen to this.

A GRAND ART PLAN FOR DOWNTOWN: Todd Feland

Todd Feland
City Administator
City of Grand Forks

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.

THE BASICS FACTS OF ARBOR PARK: Todd Feland

Todd Feland
City Administrator
City of Grand Forks

The City Administrator for the City of Grand Forks, Todd Feland, joined us to discuss three basic questions that surround the Arbor Park issue:

(1)  What is a “Renaissance Zone Tax Benefit”?

(2)  If the development moves ahead, will the art in Arbor Park be preserved?

(3)  Is the City investing any money in this development?

Todd Feland answers these basic questions about the Arbor Park proposal that will go before the citizens of Grand Forks next week.

BRET WEBER EXPLAINS: I was wrong about Arbor Park

Bret Weber
Grand Fork City Council Member

Thursday, June 15 2017, Hour 1

Bret Weber, Grand Forks City Councilman, joined the program to discuss his initial support for the proponents of Arbor Park and his subsequent Letter to the Editor of the Grand Forks Herald entitled “I was wrong about Arbor Park” that appeared in the Herald today.

Weber lays out the case for growing business in a city with an abundance of green space as well as his decision to publicly modify his stance.

ALL THINGS GRAND FORKS: Todd Feland

Todd Feland
City Administrator
City of Grand Forks

The City Administrator of the City of Grand Forks joined us on Monday to discuss all things Grand Forks.  The topics included:  (1)  Speed Limits, (2) rumors of an Air Force inspired round of BRAC, (3) City infrastructure, (4)  the City’s role in fighting addiction and then most interesting… (5) the future.

A very interesting discussion.

ALL THINGS LIBRARY: Grand Forks City Administrator, Todd Feland

Todd Feland
City Administrator
City of Grand Forks

Todd Feland presented a Staff Report to the Committee of the Whole on the Grand Forks Library nine days ago and today we got a chance to catch with him and talk about the details of the report.

Our discussion addressed: (1) the short-term maintenance plan presented by the Library Board, (2) resistance that has been built up within the City to the Library, (3) higher infrastructure priorities that the City must address before it addresses the future of the Library and (4) financial options available to the City relative to the “Permanent Flood Protection” mils that will come off in 2020 and 2021.

Feland was firm about the need for the City to resolve water and road infrastructure issues that are “multi-generational” issues before the Library is addressed.  Always a candid and interesting interview.