City council has approved the Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI) Terms of Reference.
This is in connection to the CEDI between the city and Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs which council agreed to in December.
According to a memo from City Manager Jim Puffalt, the CEDI Terms of Reference provides the foundation and clarifies the roles, responsibilities membership and decision-making process of the CEDI Working Group. The approval passed unanimously.
As well, City Hall is preparing for Earth Day on April 22. In advance of that date, the City has chosen Thursday, April 20 as Clean Up for Earth Day, which will see a massive cleanup of the city by volunteers and city workers.
The day begins at 9 a.m. followed by a barbecue at the fire hall during the noon hour, with the cleanup ending at 4 p.m. Schools, business, groups and individuals are encouraged to participate by either meeting downtown at City Hall or by cleaning up around their individual properties.
It was announced that April 22 is Household Hazardous Waste Day in the city, with residents encouraged to drop off and dispose of designated household hazardous waste items at the city’s public works shop at 11112 - 6th Ave. between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. that day.
Also, the City is getting ready for another year of block parties, something encouraged through the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design committee to encourage greater community interaction. As City Manager Jim Puffalt explained, this is part of the “eyes that care” safety initiative.
Council approved a recommendation to waive the $25 block party permit fee for the remainder of 2017, as well as to promote the weekend of June 9 to 11 weekend as Block Party Weekend in the city.
Last year, 14 block parties were held, a big jump from the two held the previous year, in part due to the promotion of the concept by CPTED.
The next regular council meeting is set for April 24.