BISMARCK, N.D. – Residents of Ward County including all communities in the Souris River Basin can help plan the area’s long-term recovery at a Community Open House on Saturday, Sept. 24, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Jim Hill Middle School, 1000 6th Street SW, Minot.
Homeowners and renters, business people and students, families and individuals – everyone is asked to share their ideas on recovery topics and how they want Ward County 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 Ward County 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
- Burlington Community Meeting
Thursday, Sept 22, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Burlington-Des Lacs Elementary School
301 Wallace Street, Burlington
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.