This past Tuesday started out rough for emergency responders. Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn said they had a serious medical injury and 3 significant crashes, all of which could have been prevented. He said, “people failed to stop for stop lights or stop signs. We had a party from Northfield that passed away, our thoughts and prayers go out to the family”. At two of the crashes Dunn was at, he witnessed, “people are going by on their phones and they’re driving. They’re driving their car down the road and they’re holding their phone out the window taking pictures of these crashes”. Not only is that illegal, there were numerous emergency
responders on scene, any one of which could have stepped out and another tragedy could have occurred. Dunn added, “respect the privacy of the people that are victimized here too. Put yourself in their shoes, would you want people taking pictures of you as you’re sitting there with a loved one that’s injured or had been killed and you’re taking pictures of it? I just think that that’s poor taste”. He asks people to use better judgment.
Scam hits Rice County
Yesterday afternoon Sheriff Dunn issued an alert regarding recent fraudulent activity. He said some citizens have received letters in the mail saying “ATTENTION – RICE COUNTY – SOCIAL SECURITY POLL”. It then goes on to explain that you have been selected for a nationwide poll and asks you to complete the poll and then donate money as well. Dunn says this is a scam and the information should be discarded and destroyed. Do not send money or give personal financial information over the phone. If it feels wrong or unsafe, it most likely is. Media Release – Crime Alert 080317.doc
Nfld Charter Chair asks citizens to weigh in
Next Tuesday Northfield City Councilors will hold a public hearing regarding an amendment the Charter Commission has put forth. In a letter to KYMN, Chair Lance Heisler lays out Sec. 3.8 which states, basically, that the Mayor shall study the administration and operations of the City and shall report to Council any neglect, derelict of duty or waste within. Further, he says that the Charter commission views this section as an important oversight and safeguard to insure efficiency and accountability. What it did NOT mention is how or when the Mayor should do that. The amendment states that the report be communicated to council in writing once during their term, no later than the last day of their 3rd year in office. Heisler writes that some view the section as only referring to the negative. He stated at the July meeting that it also offers public recognition to Council of a job well done if there are no problems. The Mayor and Council members have offered up varying opinions with some already saying they won’t vote for it. Heisler wants to know what YOU, as citizens, think. You can voice your opinion at the Public hearing next Tuesday at 6pm. You can also voice your opinion via eComment on the City’s website up until noon Tuesday. Any amendment to the City’s Charter must be unanimous. Council meetings are held in Council Chambers at City Hall. Public Hearing Announcement
Denison files for Councilor At Large
Jon Denison filed this morning for Northfield Councilor At Large. A special election is being held to complete the term Rhonda Pownell held until being elected Mayor. Greg Colby was appointed to the position for 2017, the term expires at the end of 2018. He filed on Tuesday. Any Northfield resident is eligible to run for Councilor At Large. Filing runs through 5pm August 15th. Contact City Hall for more information.