Letter from Commissioner Askvig

Dear Editor:

As we move into the holiday season, I have begun reflecting on my first year and a half of service on the Bismarck City Commission.

First, my thoughts and best wish­es to those who were directly and in­directly impacted by this summer’s events. I believe it is imperative that we plan now for potential flooding next Spring and beyond. That is why I strongly supported the multiple ef­forts the City is taking to prepare flood mitigation and protection strategies. Most importantly, for the short term, the City Commission passed a request for qualifications to hire a consultant to review potential 2012 flood situations and put together the plan to protect our community. I am part of the commit­tee reviewing the requests and look forward to getting the project started and completed.

Even with this summer’s challenges, Bismarck has continued its record of success. We’ve gained national atten­tion for our low unemployment rate and our strong economy. Through the Commission’s efforts, downtown re­development has exploded, generating approximately $30(m) in investments and improvements since June 2010. Additionally, Mayor Warford and the Commission have asked me to lead the Bismarck Strategic Planning effort.

This project was sidetracked during the summer flood and I hope you will join me in this discussion on November 30th at the Bismarck Public Library at 1 p.m. or 6 p.m. to get the process re­juvenated.

W e must continue to be focused on ensuring that we continue to be a suc­cess story. That is why it is so important to hear from Bismarck residents. Over the summer, I had the opportunity to speak to many of you while we filled sandbags, loaded trucks, and helped our friends and neighbors. I look forward to continuing our discussions and invite you all to contact me using my webform at www.Bismarck.org or follow me on Facebook or Twitter (@joshaskvig).

Bismarck continues to thrive as a great place to live, work, and play. I look forward to working with you to make it even better!

Josh Askvig

Bismarck City Commissioner

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