The big yellow buses are back on the road
The big yellow buses are back on the road. Benjamin Bus Routing Specialist, Nancy Johnson, says primetime morning pickup is between 7 and 8am. Safety Manager Barb Moore says watch for those flashing yellow lights and be prepared to stop. The penalty for not stopping is upwards of $750. In the afternoons start watching for buses just before 3pm until nearly 4 o’clock in town and after four in rural areas.
Teacher night at NHS
MEET THE TEACHER NIGHT at Northfield High school is tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Principal Joel Leer asks parents to walk your students schedule, meet their teachers, and get a sense of what their day looks like.
City council talks Fire Relief Association, tax levies and personal statements
The Northfield City Council has a regular meeting tonight at 7 o’clock. Part of the Consent agenda includes appointments to the Fire Relief Association. State statutes governing the makeup of the fire relief association boards have changed in order to allow greater flexibility in who may be appointed to serve. Previously, the Mayor and Finance Director were the positions designated to serve as ex-officio members of the board of trustees along with the Fire Chief. That has changed to three municipal trustees – one elected, one appointed and the Fire Chief. The change now also allows all three members to vote on all matters before the board. Council will vote on appointing Councilor Rhonda Pownell and Assistant Finance Director Melanie Schlomann to the Fire Relief Board.
On the regular agenda will be adopting preliminary tax levies for 2013 for the EDA, the HRA and the City. they’re also being asked to approve the proposed General Fund budget. Council is also be asked to approve adoption of a resolution that specifies public statements be held to municipal topics only. Individual members of the City Council have a right to express their personal opinions on non-municipal topics and issues as they wish but council as a whole will keep their statements limited to municipal topics and issues. The meeting will be streamed live online at kymnradio.net.
Hwy 19 hasn’t had much work done since the ’70′s
Next year, Hwy 19 is expected to get quite a facelift. MnDot officials held an open house last week to discuss with residents the construction scheduled for Hwy 19 between Northfield and Cannon Falls. Area business people and residents expressed concern that the resurfacing and 2 foot widening of the roadway doesn’t address drainage issues. MnDots’s Program Delivery Project Manager Richard Augustin, said the project will improve the surface of the road and revamp the culverts. Another open house is scheduled for tomorrow night from 5 to 7 at the Cannon Falls City Hall. Construction is scheduled to begin next August and last into October. Augustin said the last time the stretch of Hwy 19 between Northfield and Hwy 56 was back in the ‘70’s while the stretch east of that was 2002.
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