Weekly Memo 7-6-2012

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Green Choices Challenge

The Recyclebank Green Choices Challenge is now on.  Through the end of the year, residents can input their recycling activity online via a Personal Identification Number (PIN) to record their recycling activity.  East Grand Forks is in the running with cities across the country to garner a $100,000 grand prize for the most recycling participation.  Additionally, through the Recyclebank program, residents also can points redeemable for coupons and discounts simply by recording their recycling activities.  Residents received their activation codes last week in the mail.  Anyone who lost their code can re-register online or contact Public Works (773-1313) for assistance on the program or retrieving their code.  More information is available at www.recyclebank.com/greenchoices, where one can also register and retrieve a lost PIN.


Mike Hedlund, Police Department

EGFPD Receives Alcohol Compliance Check Grant from the Invitation Health Institute

The East Grand Forks Police Department has received a grant from the Invitation Health Institute (formerly the Minnesota Institution of Public Health) to cover the expenses related to conducting alcohol compliance checks.  The IHI grant to the City of East Grand Forks provides a $30 payment per liquor license holder for compliance checks that the Department conducts.   The grant funds two rounds of compliance checks – the first must take place between July 1, 2012 and December 12, 2102 while the second must take place between January 1, 2013 and May 15, 2013.  The EGFPD conducts the compliance checks with underage volunteers who work under the supervision of plain clothes officers.

Parks and Recreation, Dave Aker

1)  We are putting all the things we bought for Dick Grassel down by the kiosk from the memorials we received.  The benches and picnic tables are made of cedar.

2)  We are filling in the wood mulch at the playground equipment that is in Sherlock Park, beneath the swimming pool.

3)  The Park and Recreation puts on its annual Prep Baseball Tournament this weekend, it starts Friday.

4)  The campground is doing GREAT, we have been filling up the full service sites and most of the rustic sites.

Agenda Items:

  1. The City Council will discuss the Polk County Dispatch Consolidation Review feasibility report.  The report was completed in December 2011.  Officials from Polk County, East Grand Forks, and Crookston met in May at the Polk County Service Center in East Grand Forks to discuss the report.  County commissioners requested at that time that the cities meet again amongst themselves to discuss the possibilities of a dispatch collaboration.  I have invited three experts who have managerial and technical knowledge of Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG911) systems: Byron Sieber, Director of the Red River Regional Dispatch Center (RRRDC) for Fargo-Moorhead; Becky Ault, Director of the Grand Forks County Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP); and Shawn Larsen of Morris Communications, who has worked on technical aspects of several PSAPs throughout Minnesota.  For your information, I have included in the packet the following:
    1. The December 2011 Polk County feasibility report
    2. A 2004 report to the Minnesota Legislature on the Fargo-Moorhead collaboration
    3. An “Advantages of Consolidation” list from another jurisdiction
    4. A Wikipedia page that discusses NG911 technology.
  2. The City Council will discuss funding options for the swimming pool.  The Council opted this week to postpone action on awarding the construction contract due to budget concerns.  The current Request for Council Action (RCA) and a summary bid tabulation is included in the packet.  I have attached the (pre-bid) final estimate to this memo.  The estimate includes more detail on the bid items.  Please note that the estimated cost does not match the final bid tabulation.  The Council previously received the detailed estimate in May.
  3. I will ask the Council to advise me on its preferences for recruiting and filling the Fire Chief position.