Hospital Strategic task force expands scope
The idea of a Hospital Strategic Futures Task Force was born from the Ad Hoc Finance committee’s recommendation to look into further financial opportunities for the City as owners of the Northfield Hospital and Clinics, the scope of the Task Force has taken on a larger idea that includes implementing healthy initiatives. However, the first item was to have council approve their recommendation to take the possible sale of the Hospital off the table. Without any commitment yet from the Hospital regarding possible ways to fund City programs, Mayor Rossing was reluctant to get behind it. She wants to be able to tell residents what the benefits are to owning the hospital which is worth upwards of 45 million dollars.
Councilor Imm, who also sits on the Hospital Task Force said the hospital needs to…
hire a consultant to identify the scope of programs that benefit the city as well as support hospital objectives. The group will come back to the council later in September.
Taylor looks forward to new PSC
With council approval of the final financing for the new Public Safety Center, Public Safety Director Mark Taylor is looking forward. Talks for a new PSC have been taking place since 2008. Since then, a number of committees have looked into the current facility which was built in 1970 and has had multiple flooding issues along with limited capabilities. The building will be built at the Cowles site behind Perkins off Hwy 3. The space will be approximately 26,000 sq. feet. There are a number of other issues that will be met in the design process that should be complete this fall. Mayor Rossing said they hope to go out for bids in Spring.
Northfield schools align with Faribault to support highest needs kids
In an effort to conserve resources, Northfield School Superintendent Dr. Chris Richardson says they’ll look at ways of working with other school districts. They plan on working with Faribault this Fall to implement 3 programs for highest needs kids who’ve they’ve had to transport to Minneapolis. Richardson says they’ll be able to support these kids at a jointly owned program in Faribault. Most of these kids have unique needs and are special education students or have behavioral issues that may disrupt regular classrooms.
DJJD shoe found!
The horseshoe’s been found! After 5 days of clues, Jenny Riley and her family found the shoe at about 7:30 this morning. She and her kids plotted out the clues, put them on a google map and went hunting. The shoe was found at the City’s maintenance facility out by Perkins of Hwy 3. Jenny commented that the search for the DJJD horseshoe is a family event that she, her husband Jeorge and their kids Tessa, Ethen, Zach, Seth and Evan have enjoyed for years. Jenny registered her button which means she’ll receive the full $900 purse. Thanks to Bursch Travel, Professional Pride Realty, KYMN Radio and Appledoorn’s Sunset Bay Resort for contributing financially to the prize. Tim Freeland, clue master, has all the details online here at kymnradio.net.
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