Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn reports that Deputies arrested 9 impaired motorists during the recent TZD Impaired Driving wave. At least three of them tested above a (.20) alcohol concentration with the highest being a (.29). In Dunn’s press release he let loose on the fact that there were two fatalities and two serious injury crashes, with at least two of the four involving alcohol. He said, “this is unacceptable! This is someone’s friend or family member that died or was seriously injured! Who will it be next? Your spouse? Your son or daughter?” He added that Law Enforcement needs your help and
urges the public to have that talk with your friend or family member. Make a plan before you go out. Dunn said someone needs to take responsibly. If you see someone trying to drive and you believe they’re impaired, stop them. If they drive away, call 911 and help law enforcement stop them, before they hurt themselves or someone else. Dunn encourages people to walk home, take a taxi or have a designated sober driver. I’ll have more on the successful pilot program JoyRide that took place Saturday night at the DJJD Entertainment Center tomorrow with Rice County Coalition coordinator, Kathy Cooper.
Dundas approves prelim PUD
Dundas council, last night, approved a preliminary PUD for Cannon River Valley Estates. This is the DeMann Riverside Farms property on Railway street. Administrator John McCarthy said some changes included issues with the way some of the lots were situated. There’s a cul de sac at each end of the private drive, McCarthy said, “where the lots join the private drive, staff had a difficult time with a couple of them trying to determine how they would work so it would be a functional lot and not cause traffic problems and not cause building problems”. The developer moved some lot lines and it solved the issue. The developer will now go for a final plat and PUD. They will also be finalizing the operating documents, such as bylaws, for the Common Interest Community. McCarthy added that they will also need to pass the zoning ordinance to create the district. Earthwork, such as regrading, could begin this year but they wouldn’t be able to start actual building until after the final process is completed. That will have to go back to the Planning Commission for a Public Hearing. That will occur in October.
Municipal ID’s, road work and prelim levy on Nfld Council agenda
The Northfield City Council meets tonight for a work session. They’ll hear a presentation from the HRC on Municipal ID’s, they’ll discuss the 2018 downtown road construction and four options for a preliminary tax levy with increases ranging from 6.2% to 16.4%. Mayor Pownell and Administrator Martig will be in studio at 7:20 tomorrow morning with a full recap.
Help clean up the Cannon
This Saturday, you have a chance to help clean up the Cannon River Watershed. New CRWP Community Engagement Coordinator, Kevin Strauss said there are 2 sites locally, Riverside park and the Carleton Arboretum. Volunteers will walk along or walk in the river (with waders) and pick up garbage. Volunteers will work from 9am to noon and be served lunch. You can sign up at crwp.net and download a waiver. There are 10 sites total to choose from. Strauss will be back next week to talk about a new program called Master Water Stewards.