Fight for refuse contract got dirty
The City Council has a regular meeting tonight at 7 o’clock. There are a number of items on the Consent agenda including increases in a number of fees for city services. During the regular agenda, staff will recommend awarding Waste Management the refuse contract once again. They, along with DSI presented proposals to the council a couple of weeks ago. In the presentation, DSI matched Waste Management for cost and service, however, Public Works Director Joe Stapf said that their presentation changed from the hard copy proposal he received from them earlier. DSI had told the council that they could set up an organic wet waste program like Waste Management but upon further investigation, Joe Stapf found that DSI had no contract set up to provide that service. There were other inconsistencies Stapf discovered. Waste Management has lodged an official protest to the tactics used by DSI. Joe Stapf has referred it to the City Attorney for evaluation. Also on the regular agenda is a resolution that Councilor Buckheit proposed to adopt a photo id policy statement opposing the State’s amendment to require a photo id to vote. An addition to the agenda will come from Councilor Zweifel concerning the Fire Service Study group. The meeting will be streamed live online at kymnradio.net.
2 submit applications for Ward 4 seat
You have until 5 o’clock tomorrow to submit an application to fill Patrick Ganey’s council seat. The Northfield City Council is looking to fill the Ward 4 seat after Ganey’s resignation. The term is from November of this year through December of next year. A special election will be held in November 2013 to fill the last year of Ganey’s term which expires in December of 2014. You must live in Ward 4. You can submit an application with the City Clerk, Deb Little. So far Dale Gehring and David Roberts has applied. For more information call 507-645-3001.
KYMN candidate interviews
KYMN is running a series of candidate interviews. This morning’s guest was Brian Wermerskirchen who’s running against David Bly for House District 20B representative. Wermerskirchen lives in Lonsdale and worked closely with Senator Al DeKruif for 2 years. He’s been involved in the YMCA youth in government program for 20 years. He believes the school shift was a mistake and says he will never vote to borrow from schools and believes it should be a priority to pay it back. A passion of his is higher education. His interview along with all the other candidates interviewed so far are online at kymnradio.net. Rice County Commissioner for District 2, Galen malecha will be in studio on Thursday and Republican Senate District 20 candidate Mike Dudley will be in studio on Friday with Jeff Johnson.
Madigan presents… at the NHS
City Administrator Tim Madigan will go from administrator to historian on Thursday evening when he presents a talk at the Northfield Historical Society. The NHS is sponsoring the event in conjunction with its newest exhibit, 1862 Through Rice County’s Eyes. Madigan was a history major in college, and taught high school history and social studies for four years before entering the city management field. Madigan will present an overview that will focus on the Rice County connection. Over the last 150 years the perceptions have changed as people have reanalyzed the war. The presentation starts at 6:30 Thursday evening at the Scriver Building in historic downtown Northfield. Refreshments will be provided.
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