Hospital Task Force will recommend no possible sale of hospital
The Hospital Strategic Futures Task Force met a couple of weeks ago. We spoke with Chair Betsey Buckheit who was pleased with how the meeting took shape. The task force will meet with council tonight. In that work session, they plan on recommending taking the possible sale of the hospital off the table. Although that wasn’t their charge when the task force was proposed, members of the council felt that it was important.
Finalizing financing, EQC update and budget talk on the agenda
A special meeting is planned just before tonight’s City Council work session. At 7 o’clock they’ll meet to vote on approving the final financing for the Public Safety Center project. Council will approve the sale of nearly 6.3 million dollars in Certificates of
Participation. Proceeds from this sale along with $1,000,000 cash will constitute the total financing for the land purchase and construction of the new facility. You can view the material online at the city’s website under City Council. They’ve included a summary, a glossary of terms and a Frequently asked questions section. They will then adjourn to a work session. The Environmental Quality Commission will give a presentation and discuss a number of subjects including Northfield’s tree policy, the stormwater incentive program as well as progress as a GreenStep City.
Finance Director Kathleen McBride will update council on preliminary utility rate increases for 2013. She says emphasis will continue on storm water and sewer with a proposed increase of nearly 5% . While garbage rates have remained flat, that will change for 2013. McBride says she expects those rates to increase by a dollar a month. this could change as bids come in for a new refuse hauler contract. McBride will be busy tonight with a budget update that includes proposed tax levies. The total levy approved by the City Council will increase by just over 7.5% in 2013. Of this
increase, 83% is due to the new debt for the new Safety Center facility. The
increase projected for 2014 is 3.6%. All of the documents are available on the city’s website. The meeting will be streamed live online at kymnradio.net.
Hwy 19 resurfacing meeting tonight
A Public meeting is scheduled today to learn more about the Hwy 19 resurfacing project between Northfield and Cannon Falls. The open house is from 4:30 to 6:30pm at Northfield City Hall. Representatives from MN Dot will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about the project.
Carleton’s a happy place!
As Carleton College prepares to welcome the class of 2016, Newsweek magazine says students on their campus are among the happiest. In it’s third year of ranking the best colleges across the nation, Newsweek reports Carleton came in 2nd happiest, while ranking 21st among the top 25 for most rigorous academic schedule. 100% of students polled said they would choose Carleton again. 531 Students will start their post-secondary education at Carleton September 4th. 45 states and 18 countries will be represented. The first year students were chosen from among nearly 5600 applications.
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