Diversion Authority Public Outreach Committee Meeting Minutes -October 21, 2020

Diversion Authority Public Outreach Committee Meeting Minutes

October 21, 2020

Public Outreach Meeting Minutes        

A virtual meeting of the Diversion Authority Public Outreach Committee was held on October 21, 2020. The following committee members were present: Bernie Dardis, Mayor, City of West Fargo; Rodger Olson, Cass County Joint Water Resource District; Jake Gust, Cass County Joint Water Resource District; Shelly Carlson, Moorhead City Council Member; Ken Pawluk, Cass County Commissioner; Rick Steen, Cass County Commissioner and Katie Mastel, Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chambers.

The following committee members were absent: Gerald VanAmburg, BRRW Manager; Kevin Campbell, Clay County Commissioner; Grant Weyland, Clay County Commissioner and John Strand, Fargo City Commissioner.

Others present: Joel Paulsen, FMDA Executive Director; Eric Dodds, Sadie Moen, Tammy Jo Taft and Rocky Schneider, Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc.

The meeting was called to order by Mr. Steen at 2:00 pm.

APPROVAL OF MEETING MINUTES

Mayor Dardis made a motion to approve the meeting minutes from September 30, 2020 and Mr. Gust seconded the motion. Motion carried.

 OUTREACH ACTIVITIES REVIEW

Legislative Topics

The Resources Trust Fund financial resources are declining due to the loss of oil revenues and they have asked recipients to defer funds as allowable. The Diversion Authority deferred $22.5 million; the current balance available with the state is $83.2 million. The 2021 legislative request is $66.5 million, which is dependent on P3 bids. The SWC approved the cost share request of $44 million.

CLOMR OUTREACH AND MAILING

The CLOMR mailing went out to 119 Minnesota property owners; 248 North Dakota property owners and 14 local government units.

Joel attended 2 meetings with the Townships.

A letter will be sent out in November to the property owners and townships that will not be impacted by the Project. 

OTHER REPORTS

COMMUNICATIONS PLAN

We are still on target with finalizing the communications plan in December. A new director of communications has been hired and will be providing input into the plan. Please continue to provide your input and comments.

ANALYTICS

Mr. Schneider indicated that we continue to see more activity when construction is underway. The flyovers have been popular but may be coming to an end weather dependent.

Web Map

Month                        Items Viewed/Month                     Average items per day

September                            336                                                     11.59

Website

5,247 sessions from 4,090 visitors

Average time on the site = 1:56 minutes

6,803 page views

YouTube

7:07 minutes of watch time

8,071 impressions with 765 views

8 new subscribers in the month of September

Twitter

28 tweets with 9,643 impressions

7 mentions and 194 profile visits

LinkedIn

26 posts with 2,156 impressions

41 followers that is + 10 subscribers

CONSTRUCTION VIDEOS

The videos were viewed as a test run and they appeared good on the screen but there are still issues with the music coming across.

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES

WILD RICE RIVER CONCRETE POUR

There was a significant pour on Monday and another one will be underway on Wednesday. The structure is extremely large, and we will get a lot of promotion with the site being right off of the interstate.

DA BOARD TOUR

The anticipated tour for the Board has been put on hold due to the uptick in COVID cases and alternative ways are being researched.

ELECTION AND NEW ELECTED OFFICIALS

We will reach out to the newly elected officials and provide them with new updates in the months of November and December.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS DISPLAY

We will be participating in the Holiday Lights display in Lindenwood Park, incorporating more of a holiday-based theme this year.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR UPDATE

Mr. Paulsen was not available, so an update was not presented.

ADJOURNMENT

Meeting adjourned at 2:27 pm.