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The Mayor's Message

10/04/2021

The Mayor's Message - 10.04.2021

There were four tasks associated with the evaluation of the North Broadway Bridge. The first two tasks, traffic impact analysis and bridge cost estimates, were completed and the third, the geotechnical analysis, will be completed this month. The final task of collecting public input is currently under way with more than 4,000 postcards mailed to Fargo and Clay County residents with a link to an online survey. There is also a link to the survey at FargoStreets, but did not receive a mailing. Engineering will gather feedback and have a joint meeting with the impacted government entities in November.

Fire Prevention Week runs through October 9th and the Fargo Fire Department encourages citizens to participate in the nationwide effort, which is united under the campaign “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety.” It is important to learn the different sounds of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and know how to respond. For example, a continuous set of three loud beeps means smoke or fire, so get out, call 9-1-1 and stay out; a single chirp every 30 or 60 seconds means the battery is low and must be changed. Chirping that continues even after replacing the battery means the alarm is at the end of its life and must be replaced. The average life of a smoke alarm is about 10 years.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to bring awareness to the importance of breast cancer screening. City Hall will be illuminated in pink this week in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness. Each year, more than 250,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,500 will die. The Women's Way program provides free screenings for women age 40-64 who meet income requirements and live in North Dakota. More information about Women’s Way is available at Fargo Cass Public Health.

The Fargo Public Library’s annual Jazz into Fall concert series has started and three more concerts are scheduled in October featuring local jazz artists; the Library’s weekly Fall Storytime series for toddlers and preschoolers starts this week and runs through November 3.

We have two videos tonight highlighting our Police Department. First, a video to introduce and help us learn about the Department’s newest officers. Then, we have a video recapping the 2021 Youth Outdoors Program which uses outdoor activities to help foster positive relationships between youth and the Department’s Community Trust and Cultural Liaison Officers.