Let’s be honest, there’s no such thing as a free bag

Commentary: Let’s be honest, there’s no such thing as a free bag

If you weren’t aware, a group of passionate Minot citizens appealed to Minot’s City Council to take up the issue of single-use plastic — particularly disposable plastic bags. After months of information gathering and taking public comment, the group offered several recommendations intended to curb consumption. One of the primary recommendations is a 10-cent tax on plastic bags. The theory with a tax is that it will reduce use...

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City Council Agendas and One Alderman’s Comments

News, Opinion: City Council Agendas and One Alderman’s Comments

The City of Minot City Council Committee of the Whole will meet Tuesday and Wednesday at 4:15 at City Hall to consider items on the agendas below.  Below you’ll find full agenda items along with links to staff-provided supporting documents. In red, you have the chance to take a peak inside the thinking of one Alderman. City of Minot City Council and Committee meetings are streamed live on...

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Alderman Notes — City of Minot Committee of the Whole Agendas & Thoughts

News: Alderman Notes — City of Minot Committee of the Whole Agendas & Thoughts

The City of Minot’s City Council Committee of the Whole meet’s this week on Tuesday and Wednesday. The agendas are below along with notes from one Alderman. Of primacy in community concern, the disucssion on the future of Minot’s landfill will take place Tuesday. Committee of the Whole Tuesday, October 30, 2018 – 4:15 PM City Council Chambers 1. AUDITORIUM MAIN ARENA FLOOR REPLACEMENT – FINAL PAYMENTS The...

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Alderman Notes: Committee of the Whole, September, 25, 2018

Meetings & Agendas, News: Alderman Notes: Committee of the Whole, September, 25, 2018

Included below is the City of Minot’ City Council Committee of the Whole agenda for September 25, 2018. Also included in red are one Alderman’s questions, comments, and concerns. 1. FINAL PAYMENT- LIBRARY CHILLER REPLACEMENT – LIB030 As approved at the October, 2017 City Council meeting, the Minot Public Library replaced an air conditioning unit (chiller) in the early spring of 2018. C&C Plumbing & Heating, L.L.P. was...

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News: Committee of the Whole, August 1st, 2018

The City of Minot’s City Council Committee of the Whole will meet Wednesday, 4:15 at City Hall to consider the following agenda items. 1. BUILDING RELOCATION REQUEST TO 605 11TH AVE SE- PATRICK SCHMIDT It is recommended the Committee and Council approve the relocation of the single family residence, from 1709 3rd Ave NE, Berthold, ND 58718, to 605 11th Ave SE, Minot, ND 58701, also known as, S/D...

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City of Minot Committee of the Whole, July 31, 2018

News: City of Minot Committee of the Whole, July 31, 2018

The City of Minot’s City Council Committee of the Whole will meet Tuesday at 4:15 to consider the following agenda items. 1. FINAL PAYMENT – 30TH AVE GRAVITY SEWER (3490.5) The 30th Ave Gravity Sewer project constructed a gravity sewer in 30th Ave NE to convey waste water from 13th St NE to Livingston Coulee Lift Station. The project was bid in April of 2017 and the low...

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News: Pop-up construction to demonstrate downtown development ideas

What if there was a way to test the effectiveness of new traffic control structures and how they impact both drivers and pedestrians? What if you could do it without spending a bunch of money? With a little paint and labor, it can be done. And they’re doing it in Grand Forks. Check out this article with a video proving that testing before investing makes sense.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: In Winnipeg, Buy local plan fails to gain traction

A proposal from the Winnipeg City Council requested the City develop a policy that gave an advantage to local firms seeking the opportunity to earn City business. But upon further review, the recommendation of an administrative report is to better communicate opportunities to local businesses, but not give them favor on contract terms. This issue has been considered by Minot City Council which makes it an outside perspective...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: How to change your mind

In this edition of Brain Pickings, Maria Popova dives into Michael Pollan’s recent work titled ‘How to Change Your Mind’. His work dives into new studies and neuroscience exploring the benefits of treating depression, addiction, and iminent mortality with a rediscovered catylst that’s proven effective and rewiring our perspectives.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Public engagement in local decisions evolving rapidly on the shoulders of technology

How do we awaken citizens from their apathy and get them engaged with the decisions being made in their communities? One town in Colorado made an investment in technology, trashed the traditional model that only allowed input at live meetings, and catered to the lives of their citizens. The result is a cross-section of public engagement that is actually representative of the community.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: In Bismarck, expanding city results in expanding costs

When we need them, the fire department and our police officers show up, but it’s easy to take those services for granted. It’s even easier to forget that we have to pay for those services. And one of the first rules of municipal budgets, bigger cities, and more employees equals more costs. The Bismarck Tribune has a quick article on the realities of running municipal corporations.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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