Convicted postal worker gets 90 days
The Northfield Postal worker convicted of assaulting a co-worker gets 90 days. Judge Cajacob sentenced 59 year old Gary Kenneth Shaske of Nerstrand Wednesday but Shaske will only serve 20 days so long as he stays law-abiding. There’s a restraining order against him by the victim but it does not cover work. The Northfield News says Shaske was on the job yesterday. Part of the sentencing includes paying fines and restitution of nearly nearly $2300 and taking anger management classes. He’ll be on probation for a year, he’ll start serving his time on July 11th. The victim is hoping he will be transferred to another postal office.
Council says it’s “premature” to ask for money
The Save the Depot group requested funding from the City Council during their meeting this week. They were asking for nearly $120,000 from the TIF District #4. City Administrator Tim Madigan says the site is not in the District. There are already requests within the district from the Streetscape Task Force and the downtown Parking group. Given the opportunity, no one from the Save the Depot spoke at the council meeting. Councilor Zweifel motioned to approve the funding in order to open it up for discussion. She then questioned where they were at with their fundraising efforts. The council is expecting reports from the Streetscape Task Force and the parking group soon. It was obvious council thought the request was premature. They chose to wait and see how Save the Depot’s fundraising efforts are received before making any decision.
Stapf looks at flood situation
During Madigan’s administrator update, they discussed the flooding. He said the public works department has checked the culverts, flushed and cleaned out areas of concern to keep them flowing as well as possible. Public Works Director Joe Stapf said that he had conversations with neighbors near Spring Creek Rd whose basements keep flooding. Stapf says the road creates a dam in the area and from an engineering standpoint, they will look at possible solutions. He’s not sure there’s room to do that. Another area of concern is at Woodley just east of Fairhaven Court where one of the culverts directs the flow of water from Spring Creek into several backyards causing erosion issues. Stapf feels that this is an issue they should address but says it’s a complicated issue and that he’s asked Rice County Hwy Engineer, Dennis Luebbe look into the matter.
The Planning Commission met last night. Part of the discussion included several methods of how to adequately and efficiently review land acquisition and disposal requests. They talked about ways to more efficiently report their findings to City Council and staff in an effort to save time and reduce paperwork. Another item for discussion was the Land Develoment Code changes and interpretations. The meeting is archived online at kymnradio.net.
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