Lowered tax base will put burden on EDA and HRA
Finance Director, Kathleen McBride, gave a Budget update on the tax base for Rice and Dakota counties during the city council work session this week. Rice County has dropped by 10% while Dakota County has been lowered by 2%. Ten percent of Northfield’s tax base comes from Dakota county. Mayor Rossing says the lowered tax base will certainly put a new burden on the city. The EDA will lose about $15,000 while the HRA will be down by $25,000. Budgets will be a continuing discussion.
HRA talks budget and street assessments
The HRA meets tonight at 5 o’clock, part of their agenda includes a 2013 budget and work plan. MacBride plans on being at the meeting. They will also be the taxing authority for the new Public Safety Center. The Authority will be discussing the Street Assessment program. The HRA approved $60,000 for funding and nearly half has been utilized. A second notice of fund availability was sent out May 23rd. Staff will accept applications until November 1. The program has been well received by the affected community and staff recommends the HRA consider this when developing their 2013 budget and work plan. The meeting will be streamed live online at kymnradio.net.
Titan lawsuit to morph again
It’s the never-ending lawsuit. The original Titan lawsuit set in motion in 2010 began after the Dundas City council revoked Titan’s C-U-P to erect grain storage bins, saying Titan failed to comply with the permit conditions. Since that time John Zander has been added as Plaintiff and City Administrator John McCarthy as a defendant. It’s about to morph again. McCarthy says Titan wants to add the League of MN Cities, all the attorneys as well as current council members to the defendant list. In light of this new motion by the Plaintiff, new outside legal counsel has been appointed to avoid any appearance or potential for a conflict of interest between the various defendants. In the meantime the Zanders have requested again to build silos. The City has asked them to file an application.
Bomb scare is much ado about nothing…
The Bloomington Bomb Squad was called to Carleton college yesterday after a box with 2 undentonated WW2 -era artillery shells was found in the college’s archives. Northfield police said the shells were removed without incident, they were inert. The shells had been stored in the archives for about a decade. Police Sgt. Scott Johnson said it was much ado about nothing.
Taste of Nfld
The 7th Annual Taste of Northfield returns to Bridge Square tonight from now to 11 p.m. Executive Director of the NDDC, Ross Currier says as always they’ll have fabulous food from local vendors. This year 12 entities will be participating. The beer and wine garden will once again be on the 4th street bridge. And this year, the Northfield Historical Society’s James/Younger Rye Ale will be part of the mix. There will be plenty of music including the Northfield Community Band, the Rice County Roosters and The Big Wu. Plenty of activities for the kids including balloon animals, face painting and new this year, MOM Brands will have cereals available for kids to create their own snacks. A silent auction will take place and a $1,000 cash raffle. Food tickets are a dollar, the wine and beer tasting is $8. The music is free. 150 volunteers are helping to put the Taste together.
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