Hwy 19 open
MN Dot crews finished early! The culvert work that had Hwy 19 closed between Hwy 3 and 56 wrapped up after 4 yesterday afternoon. MN Dot Communications Director, Kristin Kammueller said crews worked quickly in anticipation of rainfall to get the job done.
Less than a minute to approve Domestic Partnership Registry
The Northfield City Council met last night. It took less than a minute to approve the 2nd reading of the Domestic Partnership Registry in a 6 to 1 vote with Councilor Pownell voting no. They approved the authorization of a letter regarding the study of a partnership for fire services. The letter will be sent to the Rural Fire District Board, township supervisors and the cities of Dundas and Dennison. They expressed interest being a part of the study with 2 Northfield council representatives. Councilors Zweifel and Buckheit volunteered for the group.
Charter appointments go to Judge Benson
Four seats on the Charter Commission opened at the end of last year. Judge Benson had requested that council forward applicant names in order of preference. There was quite a bit of discussion concerning the authority of the council to appoint Charter members and the neutrality with which those names would be forwarded to the judge. The item was moved to the regular agenda for discussion. Ganey read parts of the statute that he interpreted to mean that the council has the authority to forward the names to the Judge who would then make the actual decision. Pownell felt that it might appear that the council was “stacking the deck” in their favor.
She felt that council should include a message to the judge that the council has disagreed with the Charter at certain points. Mayor Rossing said disagreed saying they would be neural. Councilor Imm agreed with Rossing. The council voted 6 to 1 to forward the names of people who’ve applied for the Charter in alphabetical order with no ranking as to who the council would prefer. The entire meeting is archived online at kymnradio.net.
Sale of GO bonds comes in at 1.7%
The first item on the regular agenda was awarding the sale of $965,000 in General Obligation bonds for the 2012 Street reconstruction project. Mayor Rossing said that council thought the bid would be at about 2.1 % interest. It came in at 1.7%. With the interest savings and discounts from the underwriter, Ehlers representative Rebecca Kurtz said there was an extra $13,000 to put to the General Fund. The closing date will be July 12th.
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