Developers encourage Council to let go of Armory adds Waterford Annexation
The Developers interested in the Armory pulled their request that Northfield Council purchase the building. In an email sent to Council and staff on Friday afternoon, they thanked Council for their consideration of their project and continued stating… In light of the discussion on Tuesday evening, we are now asking that the city council vote to NOT acquire the Armory at all, and simply allow it to go to the county and then, likely, to the public. We had hoped that the city facilitating our project would be a good and timely way to proceed with a project that would be beneficial to the community. However, after hearing your many concerns, and after significant discussion within our group, we have determined that it is not the best way for this project to come to fruition. They added, We sincerely hope that you will still support our project in any way that you feel comfortable. The email was signed by all 6 partners including Jonathon Reppe and Derek Meyers, the two who presented their idea for a brewery and taproom with a community kitchen, marketplace and event center on Tuesday. The Council is scheduled to vote tomorrow night at their regular council meeting. Added to the week’s meeting notices is a tour of the Armory scheduled for 2 o’clock tomorrow. Councilors Ludescher and DeLong have requested the addition of the Waterford Annexation agreement be on the agenda, land that was annexed by Waterford for Sheldahl expansion in 1980. Ludescher has drafted a resolution for consideration. The dispute is over legislation that passed that, according to Northfield City Attorney Chris Hood, relieved the City for making payments for lost tax revenue to Waterford since 2010. Waterford disputes that and has continued to send invoices to the City, which have been ignored.
Fire facility “live-in” responsibilities part of SOG discussion
The NAFRS joint powers Board held their monthly meeting last week. There were 2 significant issues. The Standard Operating Guidelines or SOG’s and the suggestion to hire an Administrator. A personnel committee has been working on tweaks to the SOG the City of Northfield developed before the JPA was formed. The Board received the draft document just days ahead of the meeting and some members felt that was not enough time to digest the changes. Concern was expressed by Mayors Switzer and Graham. In particular for Mayor Graham were changes to the Live In responsibilities, which were almost entirely removed, according to the draft at the meeting. Click on the link to read the DRAFT document [NAFRSSOGs-v.2015rev.10.21.15-1] Interim Administrator CC Linstroth and Mayor Graham raised concerns about the liability of the City in regard to the live-in personnel and wanted the most recent OSHA report included in the process. There have been 2 live-ins for decades, one is retiring next year. Chair Glen Castore said this morning, “I called, actually, our attorney Maren Swanson… checked with OSHA and at this point it doesn’t appear that there… OSHA doesn’t have a record of a report. And OSHA reports are not confidential. So we’re sort of sorting out what do we actually have here”. After it was pointed out that there was a report, Castore corrected himself in an email stating that personal information is redacted but the document is available to the public. According to Tonya Jones of the Dept. of Labor and Industry, there is a 2008 report. There is a written letter dated March 3 2011 from Patricia Todd.. And a report from the OSHA investigation done by Vikki Sanders. Find it HERE
A call to Vikki Sanders has not yet been returned.
Ruth’s House in need of supplies
Ruth’s House is accepting donations of neosporin, ace bandages, heating pads, white vinegar, cookies sheets and laundry soap. From 9am to 2pm tomorrow through Friday you can drop off items at UCC Church. They’re also looking for volunteers. If you’re interested call Ruth’s House Volunteer Coordinator, Katie Cooper at 507-334-5043.
Habitat House dedication tonight
There is a Habitat for Humanity House dedication tonight at 7 o’clock for the Morris Family at 215 Spring Wheat Drive in Dundas. There will be a short program and time to tour the house and meet the family.
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