Contrite Councilor sends apology email to Mayor and Councilors
On Friday morning Mayor Graham and fellow councilors received an email from Councilor Zweifel apologizing for her previous email singling out Councilor Ludescher for his questioning over the Tiger Trail funding. She wrote, in part, “I wish to apologize directly to councilor Ludescher. Although we disagree on many issues, I respect his opinions and his position as an elected representative. I unfortunately did not consider how my actions might impact his private business, and for this I have no excuse. Lively debate and differing opinions are constructive for our community, emails discussing another council member are not. I thank councilor Ludescher for the private conversations we have had regarding my inappropriate email, and I appreciate his professionalism and understanding.” The fallout was focused on Zweifel attaching a complaint form to the Minnesota Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board, giving the impression that she was asking supporters to complain. She also apologized to her fellow Tiger Trail supporters. She added that she looks forward to continuing the council’s good work together.
NDDC and NHS may struggle for funding from Council
As the council continues to work on their 2014 budget, they’ll hear funding requests tomorrow from outside groups including the Link Center, who’s asking for $22,100, the NDDC, who’s asking for $35,000 and the Northfield Historical Society. Only the Historical Society has never been funded by the City before. Executive Director Hayes Scriven had laid out 3 options ranging from nearly $40,000 to $82,360. (In the packet, City Admin, Tim Madigan added the number 4 before the $82,360 amount, making it appear that NHS was requesting nearly $500,000) Mayor Graham attached a memo to the council packet saying he would allow for $10,000 to the NHS. He also said that he would like to wean the NDDC off City funding over the next three years. City Hall Chambers will likely be full tomorrow. Council will meet in closed session briefly before the 7 o’clock meeting to discuss the purchase of 219 Water street. The meeting will be streamed live online at kymrnadio.net.
Dundas and Northfield join to apply for Legacy Grant
The Cities of Dundas and Northfield have submitted a pre-application to the Minnesota (DNR) for a Park Legacy Grant to purchase properties along the east side of the Cannon River. The intent is to use these properties for parkland purposes such as trails, fishing, picnicking, etc. Although the land will be owned and controlled by the cities, it will be part of a coordinated regional park and trail system with properties from the cities, Rice County and State (DNR). City Administrator, John McCarthy, said the pre-application was well received and the DNR provided comments on how to improve the final application which is due October 25th. The total grant is for $448,000 for the two properties with a local match between the two cities of $112,000. The grant will be submitted on October 25th and notice on grant awards will be after the first of the year. Staff recommends the Dundas City Council authorize the submission of the Joint DNR Park Legacy Grant. They’ll vote this evening, Northfield will vote tomorrow. In litigious news, The appeal of Rice County District Court Judge Long’s decision in favor of the City of Dundas vs Bridgewater township, is scheduled to be heard on Wednesday. This stems from the annexation agreement. City Administrator, John McCarthy will be in studio tomorrow morning at 8:40.
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