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!
Bismarck City Commissioner