Municipal or Not? Could be a slippery slope
In an earlier work session this year, a council member suggested looking into creating a statement on making policy statements regarding municipal and non municipal issues. A resolution was brought before the council this week. Mayor Rossing explains that this idea started brewing via a discussion on Locally Grown about council issuing a statement about Northfield being a welcoming community. They get many requests for proclamations and statements that take up a lot of council and staff time for items that have nothing to do with the running of the City. Any council member can bring an item before the group and they’ll decide if it should be on the council agenda, however the Mayor finalizes what goes on the list. Rossing wanted guidance from councilors. The council couldn’t decide what issues would be considered municipal or not. In particular is the marriage amendment. In a unanimous vote they tabled the discussion of issuing statements indefinitely.
General fund budget approved
The council approved the proposed General Fund budget this week. Mayor Rossing says there were a few changes including an additional $65,000 to the Park fund and
another $40,000 for the facilities fund for maintenance. Rossing says there may be more adjustments. She says the recent street repairs have impacted the budget since they were put off for a few years.
Masonic Lodge brings back Kids ID program
After a 3 year hiatus, Northfield’s Masonic Lodge members are bringing back the KIDS ID program this Friday and Saturday. Former Master and longtime member of Social Lodge 48, Franklin Lee says the previous program needed an overhaul. Chair and Secretary Richard DeBeau explains that upgrades were made with guidance from the FBI. A nurse is on hand to take a DNA swab from your child, they’ll photograph your child, take height and weight measurements, fingerprints and voice recordings. All the information gathered is given to the parents on a DVD to keep in a safe place. None of the data collected is kept by anyone else. Lee says they also take pictures of your childs ears as they are easily identified throughout your life. The whole process takes about 10 minutes per child. You can get your child’s id at fellow lodge member, Bob Kyper’s Remax Realty location downtown. They’ll be open from 1pm to 5pm each day. There’s no charge for this service. Lee says the cost is funded in part by their Corn Dog stand on Bridge Square. Lee and DeBeau stress that this is not to induce fear but to provide a valuable service.
Food, festivities x fancy shootin’ = fun
It’s Townie night! Check out all the festivities at DJJD.org. The 2nd annual “James Gang Mounted Shooting Exhibition” starts at 7 tonight at the Rodeo site. Grab the kids and watch some fancy shootin’, a damsel in distress rescue, redneck games and more. KYMN’s Teri Knight will be emceeing the event. And “Jesse” starts tonight! Don’t miss Lockwood theaters musical melodrama presentation at The Grand.
Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn issued a press release lifting the burning ban.
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