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05/03/2021

The Mayor's Message - 05.03.2021

The Fargo Fire Department hosted an Advanced Rope Rescue class last week. An experienced team of instructors from North Carolina led the training. Firefighters from Fargo, Grand Forks, Bismarck and Minot attended the 5-day class at various locations throughout the City. The FARGODOME and multiple bridge and water tower locations were used to create realistic training and rescue scenarios. This training provided unique opportunities for rescue members to hone their skills and it was a great opportunity to work with firefighters from other departments around the state to exchange ideas and experiences.

National Nurses' Week is May 6-11. The Fargo Cass Public Health nursing team has been heavily involved in the COVID-19 response, most recently with the vaccination operation. In addition, the nurses continue to care for and serve residents through a number of programs, including the Family Planning Clinic, Maternal and Child Health, School Nursing and Correctional Health.

The Fargo Public Library, in partnership with the Park District and Park District Foundation and the Growing Together Community Garden organization, recently installed a library learning garden and a pollinator garden near the Carlson Library, volunteers installed three garden beds near the northwest corner of the library along with a pollinator garden near the south side of the library and Ed Clapp Senior Center. Intended to serve as the starting point for a community education garden space, a series of related educational programs and events for all ages will be hosted throughout the late spring, summer and fall at the site. The library was awarded a $1,930.00 matching grant from the Fargo Park District Foundation to support this project. The Library’s outdoor temporary StoryWalk continues on the plaza near the Sodbuster statue with May’s featured book “What Does Bunny See?” by Linda Sue Park.

The Solid Waste Department is preparing for Cleanup Week to be held the first two weeks of May. Beginning today through the week of May 14th, residents may place unwanted debris for disposal on the boulevard in front of their properties to be disposed of by the City. Debris will be collected on a resident’s scheduled recycling day. Week B will be collected the week of May 3rd and Week A will be collected the week of May 10th.

Over the past year, the Fargo community suffered the tragic loss of two students by suicide. In response, the Fargo Police Department Community Engagement Team wanted to help prevent further tragedies like these from happening and created a free video resource for local public and private schools and community members that focuses on prevention and education of suicide.

May is National Drinking Water Month, a celebration of the value of something we use and often take for granted every day. As summer approaches, be sure to make staying hydrated a top priority.

Lowe's has donated PPE equipment to the City. Our Buildings & Grounds crew picked up the supplies today.

Tonight, I want to say “thank you” and “happy retirement” to Utility Supervisor Ray Peterson. Ray has worked for The City of Fargo for more than 51 years and Team Fargo wishes you all the best in your well-deserved retirement!