It’s a lot to ask. Some residents are speaking up on the Northfield School District’s request for a $2 mil Operating Levy and $109 mil for two new schools. Tristan Cox is a father of two, a lifelong resident of Northfield and he will vote no. Cox commented on the facilities as well as the operating levy. The current levy, which expires in 2022, is responsible for $5.4 million (or 11%) of the District’s revenue. The first question on the ballot for November 7th, asks residents to revoke and replace it with an increase of $470.15 to $1,967.32 per student for 10 years. With an excess in the levy for building maintenance, Cox questioned what happens with that money should the request for new schools be voted down but the
levy passes. He said, “so then the school district has the authority to collect $14 million but they’re not going to need it because we’re not going to have those additional buildings so they might only need half of it or something. So that’s a question I have”. He questions the capacity of the town and small business owners who will be impacted more than homeowners, to pay for it all. Additionally the City is looking at an 8.5% levy and the County nearly 6%. There’s a tax calculator on the school’s website. Cox said the projected increase for a $250,000 is about $500, just for the school questions. His full interview is HERE.
Flap over Dundas Dome could deflate
The flap over the Dundas Dome could soon deflate as Administrator John McCarthy said yesterday afternoon, “right now I don’t see any major impediment to them getting another temporary CO timely enough for them to open”. As a temporary structure, they must apply each year for a Certificate of Occupancy. However, the owners were required to address items such as grading, landscaping, parking and stormwater ponds during their off-season in the warm months. It seems there was a disconnect on what the expectations were. McCarthy said, “they had a different understanding of what they could do than the City did and, I think that in this case, the City is going to enforce our understanding”. While the items will not be addressed before they open for business, which is scheduled for this weekend, the Dundas Council will be looking for a solid timeline as to what and when the items will be completed.
Nfld District Youth Council highlights resources for mental health
The Northfield Mayors Youth Council, started by former Mayor Dana Graham, has become so popular, the Northfield School District created a “District Youth Council”. Superintendent Dr. Matt Hillmann said they concentrate on district issues, amplifying student voices. The group presented to the School board this week regarding stress and mental health issues, which are finally being talked about. Hillmann said, “and so they’re working really hard to make sure that students at Northfield High School know about the resources that they might need if they feel that they might need to mental health services or just some assistance getting through some anxiety laden moments”. They also make sure students know their rights and responsibilities. Hillmann said they also make sure they’re a conduit between the adults and the students to make sure the adults hear their thoughts and opinions. Hillmann said the interest in these boards has been impressive and it’s teaching kids real world problem solving.
Winter driving? Yes
With our snow/ice event approaching, Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn reminds motorists to be ready. This means first make sure your vehicle is prepared for the winter weather. Make sure your tires and your winter survival kit are ready. This kit should include things such as blankets, water, snacks such as granola bar or nuts, gloves, hats and an extra hat. You should also have a phone charger and a window scraper in your car as well. Remember your winter driving skills. Slow down! Click for the full release: Media Release – Winter Driving.doc