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
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.
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.