Three Rivers Community Action Agency asked the Northfield HRA to commit to transferring just over 4 acres of the Spring Creek land to them. TRCA is looking to add 28 affordable townhome units called Spring Creek II. TRCA’s Community Development Director Leah Hall explained the plan is for 8 – 2 bedroom, 22 – 3 bedroom, 2 – 4 bedroom and 2 ADA compliant units. All units will have families with incomes at 80% or below the median. The plan also includes 4 to 8 units for those “not stably housed”. The project cost is estimated at $8.2 million.
TRCA is also asking for “pay as you go” TIF, Tax Increment Financing. All of this will go before Council in a work session.
Council considers adding tax questions to November ballot
The Northfield Council meets tonight with plenty on their agenda including a motion to prepare a ½ cent sales tax question and a property tax question to the Northfield ballot this November to help pay for a Community Arena. There are also 4 resolutions regarding the NAFRS Fire facility expansion and renovation. One of which includes Authorizing a Budget Amendment Related to Ames Park Gateway Enhancements of $175,000 which needs 5 votes to pass. Administrator Martig and Mayor Pownell will be in studio at 7:20 tomorrow morning with a full recap. CC agenda 5-1
Burning ban lifting
Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn will be lifting the burning ban tomorrow morning at 8 o’clock as the winds die down and we have some predicted rainfall. Still, he asks that people be responsible and monitor any fires.
Rice County road projects
Rice county has released a list of road projects. Click on link for the full list. Also a heads up that Hwy 19 will close just west of Cannon Falls on May 7th for bridge repair over Prairie Creek. The detour route for westbound Highway 19 motorists is Highway 52 north to Dakota County Road 86 to Highway 56 south to Highway 19. Eastbound motorists will follow the same detour in reverse. Work is scheduled to be complete by June 29th. Highway 19 closes as bridge project begins 5-7-18
Nfld Explorers win in competition
Northfield Explorers Post 3300 showed what they’ve got at their first State Conference last weekend. The Post attended the 43rd Annual Minnesota Law Enforcement Explorer Conference in Rochester. The event included skills and academic competitions, Police SWAT and K-9 demonstrations, a career fair, and opportunities to meet other Explorers. There were over 500 attendees from across Minnesota and North Dakota. Northfield Explorers took 1st place in Emergency Field First Aid practical exercise and 5th place in Police Defensive Tactics for the 21st Century academic session. Chief Monte Nelson said they’re very proud of the Northfield Public Safety Explorer Post and look forward to next year’s conference! Pictures are on kymnradio.net. Check out their Facebook page for much more!