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Wendy Reuer, Published April 19 2012

Moorhead mayor calls for citizen involvement

MOORHEAD – The City Council here hopes to engage more residents in the way it does business.

In his State of the City address earlier this year, Mayor Mark Voxland said getting citizens more involved and citizen-led committees are a couple of his top priorities in 2012.

Voxland and the rest of the council are now taking the first step toward that goal with a town hall meeting on April 30.

The meeting will be at the Hjemkomst Center Auditorium using a rounded seating format to encourage open discussion.

At the City Council’s recent retreat, it narrowed the focus of the April 30 discussion to citizen engagement and development in Moorhead.

City Manager Michael Redlinger said the council is looking for ways to encourage all residents, but especially students and retirees, to join city committees or work groups.

The city invested about $84,700 of its 2012 Economic Development Authority budget to promote growth. Redlinger said he hopes residents bring their ideas and concerns about what else the city can do to encourage development.

Voxland said the town hall meetings are scheduled every fifth Monday. July, October and December will have five Mondays.

“At the end of the day, that’s what we want to hear, is people’s voices,” Voxland said.

If you go

What: Town hall meeting

When: 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 30

Where: Hjemkomst Center Auditorium

Readers can reach Forum reporter Wendy Reuer at (701) 241-5530

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