The West Fargo City Commission will follow Fargo's suit and allow alcohol to be sold with delivery, takeout and curbside sales until at least April 27.

In a special meeting Wednesday, March 25, City Attorney Jon Shockley proposed a temporary moratorium on the city's alcohol ordinance to allow current businesses with liquor licenses the ability to sell sealed packages of alcohol. Shockley said the moratorium will expire on April 27, a day the commission is scheduled to meet so it could choose to extend the law if needed.

The Fargo City Commission passed a similar ordinance on Monday, March 23, in light of Gov. Doug Burgum's order for North Dakota restaurants and bars to close all in-house dining options in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

West Fargo Commissioner Mark Simmons said the ordinance is needed by West Fargo businesses also impacted by the pandemic.

"We have to help them any way we can right now," he said.

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Commissioners also discussed how they will hold virtual meetings in the future. The city is currently working on the ability to have a speakerphone available for the public to call in during a meeting. Meetings will also be livestreamed on the West Fargo Pioneer website.

"In this time period, it’s really important to have transparency," Shockley said.

The City Commission is scheduled to meet next Monday, April 6.

The West Fargo Board of Equalization meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, will be moved to an online format. The board meets to equalize property tax valuations in the city, and provides an opportunity for property owners to appeal to the board regarding their property values.

If anyone wishes to address the board, or appeal their proposed property value, they must contact the assessor’s office by phone, email or letter arriving by 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, as the board will only review correspondence submitted before the meeting. To contact the assessor's office, call 701-433-5340 or email assessor@westfargond.gov.

More information about how to view the meeting will be shared on the assessor's office website.

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