Liquor Store serves up cash to Council
During the Northfield City Council work session they heard budget updates. In regard to the Northfield Liquor store Mayor Rossing says they added $125,000 to the General Fund as well as supporting the DARE program and the Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Alcohol and Drug Use. The City’s motor vehicle department is revenue neutral. It supports itself plus pays rent to the city. There were questions about why the City would bother with this service when many people do it online. The Mayor and most councilors thought it was a good service to offer. Council will not meet again until November 13th due to next week being a 5th Tuesday and the following Tuesday is Election Day.
Charter discusses Board of Ethics and council appointments
The Charter Commission met last night. They discussed the formation of a Board of Ethics once again. Charter member Frank Balster said that they updated new members on their efforts to talk with council about creating the Board. The council had balked at the idea earlier this year saying there were already mechanisms in place to allow citizens an opportunity to file a complaint. Balster said the Lee Lansing issue, he’s accused of using his Mayoral influence in a land purchase deal, is still fresh in peoples minds and members of the Charter believe if a mechanism would’ve been in place, it would not have gotten out of control. They are working on an ordinance to present to Council on November 13th. The Charter also addressed concerns over the number of appointees on the Council. There are currently 2 appointed members and will possibly be 2 AFTER the November election. They will be reviewing state statutes and also look into getting more citizen involvement in the process.
Balster says LDC is too much
In KYMN’s continuing series of candidate interviews, Frank Balster, who is running for Ward 2 council, was interviewed yesterday morning. If elected, he would like to take a good look at the Land Development Code which he says is “325 pages of intimidation”. He says it’s too much regulation to entice a business to build here. His opponent, David DeLong will be in studio next Tuesday. Balster’s entire interview is online at kymnradio.net. You can listen to all the candidate interviews by going to our homepage and scrolling down. Balster told the Charter Commission last night that, should he be elected as Ward 2 councilor, he would resign his Charter membership.
Mill Town Haunt – a hair raising experience
Jim Ingham loves all things scary and this year he’s pulling out all the stops for his hair raising haunted fundraiser. The newly named Mill Town Haunt promises to put a fright into anyone – up to your breaking point. The event takes place from 6-10 p.m. tonight, tomorrow and Halloween at the haunted house at 8 West Ave. in Dundas. Money raised will benefit the Northfield EMS Explorer Post 3300 — an organization Ingham is heavily involved with — and also the Northfield Food Shelf. Ingham and his cohorts, Brent Wilcox and Bill McGeough, ask for cash or non-perishable food items for entry. Last year, they raised nearly $300 for the Explorer post and took in around 175 pounds of non-perishable items for the food shelf. This year the goal is to double it.
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