Grand Forks’ regularly scheduled City Council meeting has been canceled this week.
Council members typically meet as the Committee of the Whole on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, but City Administrator Todd Feland and City Council President Dana Sande, who heads the committee, agreed last week not to meet Monday, Sept. 27.
That’s because committee members would have only been asked to consider two pieces of city business, according to Feland.
The first: a recommendation to hire Sharon Lipsh, Walsh County’s superintendent of highways, to be the city’s next public works director.
The second: a modification to a development agreement between the city and a trio of developers that would cement one developer’s per-minute share of an electronic billboard at the former site of the Townhouse Hotel in downtown Grand Forks. The site is set to be remade into a set of apartment and commercial buildings surrounding a quasi-public plaza.
“It’s kind of that wind-down part of the year,” Feland told the Herald.
Both proposals will instead head directly to the city council’s meeting on Monday, Oct. 4.
The Committee of the Whole, which city leaders sometimes refer to as “the COW” after its abbreviation, is made up of the seven members of the city council proper. At committee meetings, council members hash out city business ahead of a future meeting of the council itself, at which they can vote more formally and definitively.