The Souris River in Minot is prone to flooding, and in 2011 its overflowing banks caused nearly $700 million in damage to 4,100 homes and businesses. Minot is one of 10 cities taking part in the Cities of Service Resilience AmeriCorps program. Through this program, the city is engaging citizen volunteers to take care of the river, helping citizens to see it as an asset worth celebrating rather than a hazard to be feared. The city is also supporting volunteer cleanups and river-oriented recreation as it prepares for new flood control measures and riverfront redevelopment.
Minot has been a member of the Cities of Service coalition since 2015, when Mayor Chuck Barney signed the Declaration of Service.
Mayor Chuck Barney
Chuck Barney, a long-time Minot resident, was elected as mayor of Minot in 2014. Previously he served three terms as an alderman, two terms as city council president, and seven years as finance and improvements committee chairman.
City Manager Tom Barry
Tom Barry began his tenure with the city as City Manager in December of 2016. Previously he was public works director for Meridian, Idaho.
Chief Resilience Officer and Planning Director Robert Davis
Robert Davis has served as planning director for the City of Detroit, deputy director of planning for the Toledo-Lucas County Plan Commissions, and commissioner of code enforcement for the City of Toledo. Prior to joining the City of Minot, Davis created and implemented the scope of work and master plan for Yanbu, Saudi Arabia.