MPO Executive Policy Board

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1. Functions

  1. The Executive Policy Committee shall prepare and adopt a Plan and recommend policies for the development of the area. The Plan shall be based on existing conditions and probable future growth and shall be made with the general purpose of guiding a coordinated and harmonious development that will promote the health, safety and general welfare of the inhabitants. The Plan shall also seek to promote efficiency and economy in the process of land development and population distribution so as to reduce the waste of resources; and it shall promote an efficient and economic utilization and conservation of the means of production of food and water, of sanitary and other facilities and of natural resources and transportation.

  2. The Executive Policy Committee shall act as the official area-wide planning agency for the Metropolitan Area and shall be designated as a consortium of governments for federal legislation dealing with transportation, land use, and any other issue deemed appropriate by their respective governing bodies and as the official Area Planning Organization as required by the United States Department of Transportation and other agencies.

2. Membership

The Executive Policy Committee shall consist of at least two-thirds elected officials and each member unit of government shall be allowed voting representation as follows:
  1. Two elected officials from the Grand Forks City Council;

  2. Two elected officials from the East Grand Forks City Council;

  3. One member each from the Grand Forks and Polk County Commissions;

  4. One member each representing the Grand Forks and East Grand Forks City Planning Commissions;

  5. Representatives shall be appointed by the respective bodies they are to represent.

3. Terms

Members of the Policy Committee shall serve for a term of two (2) years except that members of the respective governing bodies holding memberships by virtue of their elected positions shall hold office only during their respective terms of office.

4. Members

  • Gary Malm
    Grand Forks County

  • Ken Vein
    Grand Forks City Council

  • Warren Strandell
    Polk County

  • Al Grasser
    Grand Forks P&Z

  • Marc DeMers
    East Grand Forks City Council

  • Michael Powers
    East Grand Forks P&Z

  • Jeannie Mock
  • Grand Forks City Council

  • Clarence Vetter
    East Grand Forks City Council


Earl Haugen, MPO Executive Director   Email  746-2657

Special City Council Meeting

  • Video Link



Monday, March 30, 2020 – 5:30 p.m.

City Hall Council Chambers



                Notice is hereby given that the City Council will meet at the above date and time.  Members of the Grand Forks City Council may be attending this meeting electronically or telephonically.  Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, this meeting will be conducted with social distancing modifications consistent with the recommendations of the CDC.  As a result, limited space will be available in the City Council Chambers.  Members of the public are strongly encouraged to view the City Council meeting on Grand Forks Channel 2 or streamed live through the City’s Facebook page at  Any member of the public seeking to submit comments relating to an agenda item, public hearing or citizen requests should submit their comments to All comments received prior to 5:00 p.m. on the meeting date will be considered part of the record of the meeting as if personally presented.


1.         CALL TO ORDER


2.         ACTION ITEMS


2.1 Flood Response Situational Update (City Engineer Al Grasser)

     a) Administrative Flood Fight Actions

     b) Flood Fight Action Listing

     c) Flood Protection Limits

     d) Incident Command Structure


2.2 COVID-19 Situational Update (Public Health Director Debbie Swanson)

     a) Human Resource Impacts Update (Human Resource Director Tangee Bouvette)

     b) Financial Impacts Update (Finance Director Maureen Storstad)

     c) Community/Economic Development Impacts Update (Community Development Director Meredith Richards)


2.3 Other City Administrative Updates


3.         ADJOURNMENT

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