It was about the money
In the end it came down to cash. In a tight vote, Council, in a special meeting, last night, approved awarding the Refuse contract to DSI with numbers being the deciding factor. However, Councilors Pownell and Nakasian were upset with the process feeling that they didn’t have enough information on consequences of their choice. Mayor Rossing disagreed citing the ½ inch thick packet of information they have. both companies offer the same services, however Waste Management has been in Northfield for over 20 years. Rossing said it’s a hard decision as she’s never had a problem with Waste Management’s service but could not vote to approve paying over $500,000 to $740,000 more over the course of the contract. Councilors Imm and Pownell voted no, Nakasian abstained while Rossing, Zweifel and Buckheit voted yes. What seemed to confuse some councilors was the discussion over organic wet waste. A motion was made to pursue further study of a citywide program with the next step sending it to the EQC for more information. City Clerk Deb Little. The council unanimously approved further study of organic wet waste. DSI will start basic service at the beginning of 2013.
White appointed Ward 4 seat
During the special meeting, Ward 4 candidates Jessica Peterson White, Dale Gehring and Dave Roberts were interviewed. Roberts withdrew his bid for the council appointment at the dais and recommended Dale Gehring. In a 4 to 2 vote, Jessica Peterson White was appointed to fill out Patrick Ganey’s seat through 2013. White will be sworn in at their November 13th meeting. Due to the timing of Ganey’s exit, they were unable to get the seat on this year’s election, so a special election will be held in November of 2013 for the public to vote on someone to fill out Ganey’s term which expires at the end of 2014. Both the special meeting and the work session videos are now archived online at kymnradio.net. Mayor Rossing was in studio earlier this morning and we’ll have her interview up on our website as well.
Senator Amy Klobuchar was in Northfield this morning stumping for DFL candidates Kevin Dahle, David Bly and Mike Obermueller. She was met with a warm reception of youthful volunteers and admirers of all ages. Her message was clear to work across aisles. Her opponent has an uphill battle against the popular Senator.
Ward 3 candidate Jon Denison was in studio
Jon Denison a lifelong Northfield resident is running for Ward 3. Dennison was a city councilor from 2006 to 2010. He was also on the Safety Center task force. He’s always felt that police and fire should be housed together. To listen to his complete interview with Jeff Johnson, go to our Homepage and scroll down. We have all the candidate interviews archived online. Frank Balster, Ward 2 candidate will be in studio tomorrow morning.
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