Businesses get smacked with SWAC
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has stipulated that Northfield needs to lower their storm water runoff into the Cannon River by 50% by the year 2018. To that end, the City changed the code to require businesses to deal with their own runoff on site or, as is the case for downtown are which is all paved, to institute a SWAC fee. A Storm Water Accessibility Charge. In the case of NAPA Auto Parts who plans on expanding it would cost just over $5,000. Since there’s no way to deal with runoff there, the money is used elsewhere. The fee collected will be put into a fund to be used at another location for stormwater runoff that will best meet the MPCA’s requirements.
Streetscape Task Force talks traffic lights, TIGER trail and Bridge Square
The Streetscape Task Force updated city council this week on many items, however, there are four in particular, Mayor Rossing says they want to further study putting in a traffic light at Hwy 3 and 3rd street. MN Dot has said they won’t pay for it, the City must. Other items include tying in the new TIGER trail that will run under Hwy 3 to 2nd street and the Riverwalk. There’s no way to get down to the River Walk on the west end. They also want to put money into hiring a consultant to help guide refurbishment of Bridge Square. They’ll come back to the council in November.
Speed, careless driving takes 2 lives
The day after a car full of teens rolled off Buckhill road onto I35 in Burnsville, friends and family members mourned the deaths of two of the passengers placing flowers and balloons in the area. An article in the Star Tribune says that Alesha Roehl of rural Northfield was a cheerleader at Lakeville South alternative learning center. She would be starting her senior year and was considering joining the Army. The State Patrol said yesterday that the 17-year-old driver, who sustained minor injuries, had violated a state law limiting how many teenage passengers could ride in his car. Lt. Eric Roeske said the driver had received his license within six months, during which time the law allows only one passenger under age 20. Excessive speed and careless driving were a factor. 16 year old Frederick Alexander of Burnsville died at the scene. Roehl and Alexander were not wearing seat belts. The State Patrol is not releasing the driver’s name or the names of the other two passengers while the investigation continues.
EDA met this morning, Planning Commission meets tonight
The EDA will met this morning at 7:30. The meeting is archived online at kymnradio.net. The Planning Commission meets tonight at 7 o’clock, that meeting will also be streamed live online at kymnradio.net.
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