A year after voters rejected one sales tax proposal they overwhelmingly approved a second one by a margin of almost 3 to 1. Grand Forks City Administrator Todd Feland and City Council President Dana Sande joined MacTalk to discuss their thoughts on the dramatic turnaround.
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
Prior to retiring, Mac participated in post-Katrina civil-military planning that addressed a catastrophic earthquake that occurred in San Francisco or Los Angeles. Some interesting discussing took place, you’ll hear about it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.