Hood recommends Revote on Refuse

The Northfield City Council meets tonight at 7 o’clock after a 2 week break.  They’ll hold a meeting and work session.  There will be a public hearing on Gas and Electric  franchise ordinances.  The City’s contract with NSP expires at the end of this year.  They’re normally 20 year agreements.  Two areas highlighted for change are options to include a franchise fee and to alert homeowners when tree trimming needs to be done to allow time for their input.  There are a number of items on the regular agenda including City Attorney Chris Hood’s recommendation that the council revote on the refuse contract.  The issue seems to be Councilor Nakasian’s abstention from the vote.  According to Charter, there must be a majority yes of the entire sitting council.  At that time, it was 6 due to Patrick Ganey’s exit.  The vote was 3 yes, 2 no and 1 abstention.  Technically that is not a majority.  Nakasian had no disqualifying reason not to vote.  Council awarded the contract to DSI after a proposal process that Waste Management now says is invalid.  Hood believes their assertations lack merit.  The meeting will be streamed live online at kymnradio.net.

School Board meets tonight

The Northfield school board meets tonight due to the Veterans Day holiday.  Three incumbents were re-elected last week along with a new member, Rob Hardy.  Superintendent Dr. Chris Richardson says he’s already met with several school leaders.  He will meet with Hardy on Thursday.  They’ll talk about the big issues, not the least of which is the technology transformation.  Hardy will be officially sworn in at their first January meeting.  The Board members will meet with Hardy in December to also give him the lay of the land and help him understand what he can expect from the community as well.  He’s already had experience on the Board of the Cannon Valley stem school.  Noel Stratmoen will be starting his 33rd year on the Northfield School Board.  Richardson says it’s great to have that institutional knowledge.

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HO HO HO time to ring the bell

The Rice County Salvation Army is looking for a few good bell ringers or a lot!  The Red Kettle campaign kicks off Friday.  Kettle Ringers ring the bell for two hour shifts and are encouraged attract givers by ringing with family, friends and organizations, playing instruments or singing, doing a festive dance or giving out candy canes.  Shifts are in 2 hour blocks.  In Northfield you can ring the bell at Econo Foods or Cub Foods.  To volunteer call Ed Little at (507) 720-5479.  The Rice County Service Unit serves more than 4,000 people through emergency assistance and special programs. In 2010 the Salvation Army opened a family thrift store located in the Faribo West Mall in Faribault, Minnesota. More than 300 local volunteers help The Salvation Army provide a multitude of services in Rice County.

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