Metro Flood Diversion Authority Public Outreach Committee Meeting Minutes

February 23, 2022

Public Outreach Meeting Minutes        

A regular meeting of the Metro Flood Diversion Authority Public Outreach committee was held on February 23, 2022. The following members were present: Bernie Dardis, Mayor, City of West Fargo; David Ebinger, Clay County Commissioner; Jake Gust, Cass County Joint Water Resource District; Jim Kapitan, Cass County Commissioner; Kevin Campbell, Clay County Commissioner; Rodger Olson, Cass County Joint Water Resource District; Larry Seljevold, Moorhead City Council and John Strand, Fargo City Commissioner.

Members absent: Gerald VanAmburg, BRRW Manager; Katherine Grindberg, Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chambers and Rick Steen, Cass County Commissioner.

1. MEETING TO ORDER

Mr. Olson called the meeting to order at 2:00 PM. Roll call was taken, and a quorum was present.

2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM THE JANUARY 2022 MEETING

MOTION PASSED

Mr. Strand moved to approve the minutes from January 2022 and Mr. Campbell seconded the motion. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

3. APPROVE ORDER OF AGENDA

MOTION PASSED

Mr. Kapitan moved to approve the order of the agenda and Mr. Gust seconded the motion. On a roll call vote, the motion carried.

4. MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS

Mr. Paulsen provided the following media highlights:

  • The Forum: Editorial –IIJA Funding
  • The Forum: Article on land acquisition and compensation
  • Governor Burgum’s State of the State: MFDA mention
  • Grand Farm Grant Announcement: MFDA mention
  • News & Views with Joel Heitkamp –Lands Program
  • Down the Road with Joel Heitkamp –Lands Program (2 shows)
  • What’s On Your Mind? with Scott Hennen –IIJA Funding

5. CURRENT AND UPCOMING COMMUNICATION EFFORTS

Mr. Paulsen provided an update on the upcoming 2022 communication activities:

  • ND Transportation Conference Presentation – March 1-2
  • IJGlobal Awards – March 13
  • NDSU Class Presentations
    • Contracts & Specs – March 21
    • Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering – March 25
  • WTOC Update – March 22
  • P3 Water Summit Presentation – April 7-8

6. NEXT MEETING

The next meeting will be held on March 23, 2022, at 2 PM.

7. ADJOURNMENT

Mr. Kapitan moved, and Mr. Campbell seconded to adjourn. The meeting adjourned at 2:32 PM.