A new City Administrator is named
The Northfield City Council selected a new City Administrator. Yesterday they directed Gary Weiers of Drown and Associates to negotiate a contract with Ben Martig. He’s currently the City Administrator in Marshall, MN. Mayor Graham said they were very fortunate to have 4 highly qualified candidates which made their deliberations tough for the first round but he’s “very excited” to offer the postion to Martig “who will be a wonderful addition”. Council’s initial straw poll had Martig with 2 first choice votes and 3 – 2nd place votes. Graham said he wanted to welcome someone here by consensus. He moved his vote to Martig because he was the consensus candidate. Zweifel, Peterson White and Delong moved their votes as well. Graham said it sends a message of unity and welcome. The final vote was 6 to 1 with Ludescher voting no. Martig plans to move his family to the community. Graham added that he thinks everything about it is “very promising” and he looks forward to working with him. Martig is scheduled to start Feb. 29th, Interim CC Linstroth’s contract is up March 2nd.
Drug Task Force “hits it out of the Park”
As witnessed the last couple of weeks, the Cannon River Drug and Violent Offender Task Force has been busy. They’ve been fully staffed now for a year. While understaffed in 2014, they had about 40 cases. Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn set a goal to open 75 cases in 2015. Dunn said the opened 156 new cases, made 168 arrests and seized over $400,000 in drugs and property. Dunn appreciates the support of the public and believes they’ll see big changes in decreasing property crimes and assaults. In nearly all the search warrants they’ve executed where there were narcotics, weapons were also found with the drugs. He added, “kudos to our staff. Chief Nelson said it the other day, they hit it out of the park in 2015”. He says they want to bring back the quality of life. The task force is made up of officers from the Sheriff’s department, Northfield and Faribault PD’s and an additional agent from the ATF.
Permit denied (again)
The Northfield City Council again denied a resident a permit for 4 dogs. Helen Edell has been cited twice for having too many animals. Northfield police got involved last July when an agency checking on her welfare asked police for assistance. That’s when they discovered 4 adult dogs in cages. Their fur matted and the smell of urine in the home. Councilor Ludescher, acting as Edell’s attorney, the City Council approve the permit. Peterson White questioned why it was on the agenda since they already denied it late last year. Council DID approve Staff to revise the City’s ordinance. Many nearby communities, including Northfield, allow only 3 adult animals but the way the ordinance is enforced varies widely.
Resthaven Rescue holds fundraiser
Resthaven Horse Rescue of Cannon Falls is holding a fundraiser tomorrow night at The Grand. The group rescues horses possibly bound for slaughter. While it’s illegal in the U.S., the horses are shipped to Mexico. The event includes live entertainment, a raffle and silent auction. Funds will be used for additional quarantine pens and outbuildings. Doors open at 7 o’clock. Find their facebook page and get tickets through eventbrite or purchase at the door.
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