Fargo City Commission holds first meeting in new chamber

This is a view of the inaugural meeting in the new Fargo City Commission chambers in the new city hall.  The first meeting was held Monday, Feb. 11, although the city hall opened last fall.    Barry Amundson / The Forum
This is a view of the inaugural meeting in the new Fargo City Commission chambers in the new city hall. The first meeting was held Monday, Feb. 11, although the city hall opened last fall. Barry Amundson / The Forum

FARGO — The Fargo City Commission held its first meeting in its spacious new chamber at City Hall Monday evening, Feb 11.

The state-of-the-art meeting space holds up to 207 people and has large video boards for better viewing of presentations and video. The city will also broadcast meetings in high definition for the first time, with eight 4K cameras to capture every angle of the room.

The meeting room includes enhanced security measures and doesn't have windows. Instead, four public art panels with color-changing lights are installed in the walls. The panels were lit blue on Monday to honor fallen police officer Jason Moszer, who died in the line of duty three years ago on Feb. 11, 2016.

Mayor Tim Mahoney said Fargo's new chamber is especially impressive when considering how much it cost to build. The new chamber cost $30 million, less than half the amount other cities have spent on comparable meeting spaces, he said.

"Just the thought that that went into how it got put together — how the sound is worked out, how the videos worked out. We are compared to city office chambers (that cost) $50-60 million," Mahoney said.

Mahoney said that the city's other 25 committees and commissions will also be meeting in the chamber.

The new city hall opened last fall, but the city commission was meeting in the Civic Center room until Monday night.