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Help Plan Burlington's Future at Community Open House

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September 19, 2011
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BISMARCK, N.D. – Burlington residents can help plan the area’s long-term recovery at a Community Open House on Thursday, Sept. 22, between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Burlington-Des Lacs Elementary School, 301 Wallace Street, Burlington.

Homeowners and renters, business people and students, families and individuals – everyone is asked to share their ideas on recovery topics and how they want Burlington to look and feel five to 15 years down the line and beyond. Among the topics open for suggestions and discussion are housing, infrastructure, economic development, education, recreation, health and social services, nature, culture and community planning. Those attending will be given a chance to submit anonymous written comments on these topics. American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters will be present at the meeting.

The Burlington open house is part of a series of grassroots meetings that will help shape the Souris Basin Region Recovery Strategy and the long-term recovery of Burlington, Minot and outlying communities in Ward County. The other open houses include:

  • Minot Community Meeting
    Monday, Sept. 19, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    Jim Hill Middle School,
    1000 6th Street SW, Minot
  • Ward County Meeting
    (including all communities in the Souris River Basin Area)
    Saturday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Jim Hill Middle School,
    1000 6th Street SW, Minot

The first round of meetings in September will identify long-term issues and gather suggestions from residents. At a second round of meetings in October, residents will be asked to prioritize the key recovery projects they identified during the first meetings.

In facilitating the public participation, a long-term recovery team from the Federal Emergency Management Agency is working closely with county and state officials, community leaders, chambers of commerce and the local business community to shape the area’s future. The team’s mission is to promote successful long-term recoveries for communities with extraordinary damages by helping devise strategies and identify potential sources of funding.

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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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