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Four ways to make your city council meeting more efficient

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Running smooth, efficient city council meetings is a source of pride for most mayors. Still, these gatherings often have a packed agenda requiring lots of discussion. Sprinkle in some tangents and questions – and the meeting has the ingredients to extend two or three hours beyond its scheduled running time. In other words – too … Read More

How Moore Engineering helped local communities achieve Safe Routes to School

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Does your family use the daily walk to school as an opportunity to exercise and spend time outdoors? If your school lacks a continuous, safe path to the school zone, your opportunity might be limited. It is not uncommon, especially for new schools, to lack sufficient paths and crossings necessary for every student to have … Read More

The learning curve behind the modern roundabout

Roundabouts eliminate the left-hand turn – and the T-bones that go along with them. Roundabouts also force drivers to slow down, leaving them – and pedestrians! – with more time to react and make a decision. Pictured: Eagle Run Roundabout,

Since the early 2000s, roundabouts have had Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo motorists driving in circles. With their growing popularity (there are now seven in West Fargo alone), you might be wondering how these circular intersections took form, and why. The answer is simple: Safety. Roundabouts eliminate the left-hand turn – and the car crashes that go with … Read More

Always There

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It’s National Public Works Week. Maybe you’ve seen the poster in your workplace. With the theme, “Public Works: Always There,” these posters (and this week) showcase the pervasiveness of public works staff in communities across the nation. Clearly, each community depends – heavily – on its Public Works Department. And, without a doubt, the men … Read More

5 Ways Cities Keep Residents Informed on a Project

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Best practices in communicating with the public over the life of a project: what, how, when, where, why Strong communication to residents affected by a city project is key to minimizing the disruption to their day. A system should be in place to disseminate information to keep traffic flows moving during any project. Here are … Read More

Top 5 Benefits of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

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If you haven’t taken the leap into Geographic Information Systems (GIS) yet, maybe you’re wondering why you need it or what you would do with it. Whether the maps are for locating and managing your city’s information – be it underground utilities or actual roadways – or to visualize property boundaries, a GIS-based map is … Read More

Flint’s drinking water problem could happen elsewhere

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How to avoid drinking water problems in your city In recent months, tests on the water system in Flint, Michigan, revealed high levels of lead and damage to potable water infrastructure due to a failure to implement corrosion control treatment. It’s a series of events that, arguably, was completely avoidable with the right decisions from … Read More

FEMA levee certification reduces need for flood insurance

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It’s fall. The ground is frosty in the morning. Those once-beautiful, turning leaves are now on the ground begging to be raked. Asphalt suppliers are shutting down for the season. You might think it’s time for the water resources and floodplain professionals to start booking winter vacations and taking it easy. After all, it’s kind … Read More