Council approves HPC funding
The Northfield Council last week heard a request for an RFP to conduct a study for the Northfield Historic Preservation Commission. (HPC) The study will update information on 65 properties within the Northfield’s Historic District and provide an intensive level survey for up to 38 properties in the adjacent commercial areas. This will also provide mapping of the information as it currently doesn’t follow property lines. Community Development Director, Chris Heineman said, if an adjacent property is found to actually be in the historic district there are still several steps to follow including HPC recommendation, a Planning Commission review and City Council approval and then it could be recommended to the State Historical Preservation Office. HPC Chair Cliff Clark said this would give them a broader perspective and help them define any long term goals. Sixty percent of the $20,000 cost of the study was funded by a grant. The HPC was unable to attain the additional $8,000 needed through other grants. City money would come from the Planning Division consulting budget. Ludescher pulled the item from the consent agenda. He sees no benefit and in talking with others on their dealings with the HPC, he’s heard, “there hasn’t been any good discussion. They say that it’s difficult to work with the HPC”. He said that whatever they recommend is a lot more money. He went on to say there are some who’ve not done things to their buildings because they don’t want to pay for the HPC’s recommendations. Council voted 4 to 1 in favor. Proposals will be sent out February 5th with an anticipation of the actual study in March and April. A final report will be due in May to the HPC with the final grant report due to the Minnesota Historical Society in June.
Dundas Council holds their first meeting of the year tonight
The Dundas City Council will hold their first meeting of the year tonight. They’ll select an Acting Mayor. Chad Pribyl is expected to be named again for 2016. Council will be asked to approve between a 2 and 3% wage increase for staff not covered by a labor agreement. City Administrator John McCarthy will be in tomorrow morning at 8:45 to recap.
Ready, set …. ACTION!
The Strike Accord production crew has begun filming today on Division Street. Parking is at a premium with parking blocked on the East side between 4th and 3rd streets. Tomorrow they’ll block parking from 2nd street to 3rd as they’ll be shooting at the Archer House. All the businesses will remain open. Chief Nelson will continue to update KYMN as necessary over the next 2 weeks. A tentative schedule is posted on kymnradio.net.
Farms and farmers markets that sell direct
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is about to print its popular statewide Minnesota Grown Directory of farms and farmers markets selling directly to consumers. There is still time for Minnesota producers who grow or raise products, and those selling directly to consumers to list in the Directory. The membership deadline is January 31, 2016. The Minnesota Grown Program has more than 1,200 members, representing fruit and vegetable farms, livestock producers, farmers markets, CSA farms, orchards, garden centers, farm wineries, Christmas tree growers, and many more. Go to minnesotagrown.com for more details and to sign up.
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