School calendar meeting set for March 7th
The Northfield School Board this week, had the first reading of the Calendar for 2013/14 which will start the day after Labor Day. They’ll run 2 full weeks at the Holiday break, a week long for Spring and the last day of school will be June 6th, 2014. They also want to engage the community in a broader discussion about the school calendar. Talk about the history of calendars around the country and the US. This is really meant to be a very broad discussion. They have scheduled a meeting March 7th from 7 to 9pm in the upper cafeteria of the high school. they’ll send an invitation to all the parents and to the people who sent emails to them regarding the previous calendar discussion. Richardson urges all those concerned to attend the meeting. They’ll have small group discussions and reporting those discussions during that same meeting.
Dundas will likely waive WAC & SAC fees
Water and Sewer access charges help pay for a city’s infrastructure. Last year Dundas council approved waiving the fee to the first 15 homes that were built. While there weren’t that many homes built, City Administrator John McCarthy said it did attract a lot of interest from contractors. Council has instructed Staff to create a WAC and SAC waiver resolution for the first 10 homes to be built this year. The WAC and SAC resolution will come before the council for approval at their next meeting. For a typical single family home the fee is $6,000.
Mental health background checks and gun control
The Gun Control issue will continue in a debate process through the legislature. Rice County Attorney Paul Beaumaster, who is also the past-President of the County Attorneys organization said that they are particularly interested in the case of background checks on people with mental illness. The question is how to intervene in a pro-active manner that allows them to feel free to come forward and get the help they need that also doesn’t prevent them from being able to go hunting and own a weapon. He says some believe the laws should be stricter but he pointed out that most of those people who committed those deadly crimes obtained their weapons illegally anyway. What’s frustrating for prosecutors who have had to do civil commitments is that they end after one year. The cases must be reviewed after 6 months and then again at 1 year, whereupon most have stabilized with medication. Once they’re released they often relapse because they don’t take their medication. One of the suggestions is to change the law to extend the 1 year period indefinitely. The legislature is in the preliminary phase of that discussion.
Planning Commission talks LDC
The Planning Commission meets tonight at 7 o’clock. They’ll view a presentation of the Proposed LDC Language for Wind, Solar, and Telecom, discuss Residential Setbacks in Preparation for Public Hearing and hear the Chairman’s report on improving the Land Development Code. You can go to the City’s website to view the agenda with packet information. That meeting will be streamed live online at kymnradio.net.
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