Council meeting quick and to the point
The Northfield City Council met last night. Part of the Consent agenda included the appointments of Councilor Rhonda Pownell and Assistant Finance Director Melanie Schlomann to the Fire Relief Board.
On the regular agenda council adopted preliminary tax levies for 2013 for the EDA, the HRA and the City. Finance Director, Kathleen McBride says the proposed total levy is 7.55%. Of that, 83% accounts for the new Public Safety Center. Levies for the EDA and HRA decreased. The EDA levy dropped by 6.6% while the HRA’s levy dropped 10.7%. The city must approve preliminary tax levies by September 15th. After that date, they cannot be raised but may be lowered before property tax statements go out to residents in November. They also approved the proposed General Fund budget. Mayor Mary Rossing will be in studio during the 7 o’clock hour to talk with Jeff Johnson. The entire meeting can be viewed online at kymnradio.net.
Fire Service study group meets with Fire Marshalls office
The Fire Service Study group met for the first time last week to hear from State Fire Marshalls representative Bruce Rhode. The group was formed to consider possibilities of consolidating Northfield, Dundas, Dennison and surrounding townships into a Fire Service District. Northfield reps include citizen Lee Runzheimer and Councilors Zweifel and Pownell. Pownell said this first meeting was about possible grants to fund the study. 8 studies done so far have focused primarily on specific communities. Some chose to use implement those practices they came up with while others decided it wasn’t beneficial to them. An interesting point Rhode made by Rhode was that they should not get into this with the thought of saving money, as it may cost more. The next meeting is scheduled for Sept. 13th and may be at Northfield City Hall and could potentially be open to the public and streamed live.
First day ends well
The first day of school is usually loaded with varying emotions for both kids and parents. We spoke with Superintendent Dr. Chris Richardson who said the first day went very well, only 1 glitch in picking up a student – the family neglected to tell school officials they moved. In several of the buildings staff were outside greeting kids as they came in. For Richardson the first day of school is almost a breather as staff was running at breakneck speed to get everything prepared for the kids so that they can then focus on teaching.
Molly Woerhlin honored tonight
Tonight’s kickoff to DJJD is the Joseph Lee Heywood Banquet. Molly Woerlin is the 29th recipient of the distinguished service award. She was one of the first women to serve as a Rice County commissioner. She has devoted a great deal of energy to helping people with challenges in their lives. Friends say that she has made a huge impact, not only on Northfield, but on the state of Minnesota. The banquet will be held at the Northfield Ballroom and starts at 6:30 with doors opening at 5.
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