Should a sale ever be considered, who gets the money?
While council and the Hospital board have agreed to leave the subject of ownership as it is, a rather interesting point was brought up by Board member James Schlicting who is also an attorney. Should, at some future point, either entity considers a change of ownership, Schlicting believes that they need a legal opinion that lays out the responsibilities for both the Hospital and the City. The assumption is that it would be up to the City which owns the hospital. The question is what would the process look like should the hospital ever want to explore another ownership model. Mayor Rossing concurred. That situation is not clearly defined in the Charter.
Hospital funds Community Ed & Rec
The group also discussed financial support for the community from the Hospital. The Board approved funding of $107,625 to Community Education and Recreation for 2013 and 14. Chair Gina Franklin added that they also will consider an additional $110,000 donation for 2015 and 16. The other item was a quick discussion on where they are in the process of hiring a new CEO. The Hospital is ready to send out RFP’s to consultants for help in the search. They expect to have the position filled within 6 months. All sides agreed there should be city representation in the vetting process. The entire meeting is archived online at kymnradio.net
Technology transformation ever closer
At the school board meeting this week they, once again, discussed technology transformation. Superintendent Dr. Chris Richardson said what they laid out for the Board Monday night was a project schedule. Six task forces are meeting weekly through the end of November with final reports presented to the Board in December and the public in early January. The final proposal will then be presented. They hope to bring it to a vote before the Board at their February 11th meeting. A handful of districts have already rolled out the program but regretted not working with staff before introducing it to the kids. Northfield started training their teachers this summer and are continuing with weekly sessions in each school.
HRA agenda includes mission, bylaws and brainstorming
The HRA meets tonight at 5 o’clock. They have several discussion items including an overview of their mission and bylaws as requested by the City Council. The council has also asked all of the boards and commissions to brainstorm ideas related to development of the Cannon River area. The only action item concerns the Srping Creek Townhome project. Staff is requesting the HRA to consider paying the variance fees, in an amount not to exceed $6,000. This would pay for the application fee to the Planning Department and any time utilized by the planning consultant from Bolton & Menk. City staff time on the project will not accrue need for payment. The meeting will be streamed live online at kymnradio.net.
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