Projects to spend down TIF 4 dollars
The TIF 4 redevelopment District expired in 2013. There’s approximately $1.4 million left in the fund. Finance Director Melanie Lammers said there are 3 main projects budgeted for in 2016. The Hwy 3 and 3rd street intersection was budgeted for $700,000, the East Cannon River Trail is budgeted for $173,00 and Garbage corrals for $30,000. There are also 3 other funding requests including an extra $40,000 for the intersection project due to cost estimates rising. The City has a development agreement for the 303/305 Water St. river wall and they received a request from the Depot group. If all those projects are done that would leave about $240,000 but that money is tied up in other loan projects right now. The Highway 3 and 3rd street project will come back to Council next week.
Public hearing on Dundas Dome
A private company has been working for months to bring a sports dome to Dundas. It’s a membrane structure for sports that will be on the corner of Hwy 3 and County Rd. 1. City Administrator John McCarthy said there will be a public hearing on the project on February 18th. McCarthy added that they’d also had preliminary discussions with a couple of commercial operators interested in in expanding stores in the area. He says they’re looking at a pretty big summer.
Northfield resident warns of IRS tax scam
It’s that time of year and a Northfield resident has been among the thousands of people who’ve received phone calls from someone representing the IRS and telling him he owed money. They used multiple phone numbers from all over the country but it identified them as from the IRS. The resident did not answer the phone or return the messages but wanted to alert the community. As a reminder, the IRS will first contact your through the mail if there’s an issue. Police Chief Monte Nelson will be in studio next Tuesday morning to talk about recent scams and how to protect yourself.
Dakota County offers Swap Spots
The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office is opening Swap Spots. Sheriff Leslie said in a press release that in an era of online shopping where an in-person exchange will happen, they want to provide a public space for residents to conduct those transactions. The Swap Spots will include child custody exchanges or any transaction where meeting in a public location will help improve personal safety. There are currently two signed locations at the Dakota County Government Center in Hastings, one indoors, the other outdoors for larger items. I’ll have the full press release on kymnradio.net later today. Swap Spot Announcement 021116
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