Dundas Council approved staff to prepare the question of a ½ cent sales tax to the voters in November regarding a 2 sheet Community Recreation Center. Administrator John McCarthy said Dundas followed Northfield’s lead. Dundas will NOT be doing a property tax question. 30% of funds raised through the proposed sales tax would go to other regional recreational projects such as improvements to Memorial Park, their outdoor ice rink, Mill Towns Trail and
more. Sales taxes are collected by the State and each city would get their appropriate shares. There are still questions as to what happens should one city say yes and the other no.
Nfld Council holds hearings on liquor license, votes on fire facility
The Northfield Council meets tonight. They’ll first hold a closed meeting regarding Administrator Ben Martig’s evaluation, which will later be shared at the open meeting. There are multiple public hearings regarding the new Senior Housing revenue bonds and Kyoko Properties, dba at Armory Square, is applying for a liquor license for the main and lower levels of the building as well as the outdoor space, Council will then vote on it. Council will also vote on awarding the bid for NAFRS facility construction, 2018 street assessments and a resolution approving the preliminary plat for Bluff View, a 32.2 acre parcel that would consist of 59 single-family lots, 11 twin homes, four 4-plexes and two Neighborhood Commercial lots. Martig and Mayor Pownell will be in studio tomorrow morning at 7:20 with a recap.
A Day in the Life – Career expo
It’s Career Exploration Day at the Middle School today for students from MS and the high school. Superintendent Matt Hillmann said this year they’ve combined business, technical, health services and industry as well as police careers. Going on now are break-out panels where experts discuss “A day in the life of…” and what schooling a student will need. He called it a “soup to nuts” career day. We’ll hear more from student reporter Lauren Beaham this afternoon.
Visit Nfld recognizes 6 award winners for local support of tourism
Visit Northfield, the city’s official convention & visitors bureau, recognizes six award-winners for supporting travel and tourism in Northfield. Chip DeMann and Jane Moline will be honored for the over 40 years of organizing the bank raid reenactments during the Defeat of Jesse James Days celebration. Ryan Murphy of Country Inn & Suites will be recognized for his work and dedication every day to those who visit Northfield. Joe and Sherry Morgan won in the retail category for their store, Northfield Olive Oils and Vinegar and Deanna Cross with the Ole Store, a premier restaurant, for her leadership and friendly atmosphere she shares with every visitor. The awards ceremony is planned for the upcoming luncheon on May 22, at the Northfield Golf Club. According to Explore Minnesota, the Rice Country travel and tourism industry provides more than $149 million in direct spending and more than $6.9 million in state sales taxes in 2016, while employing over 2300 people. If you’d like more information on how to purchase tickets for the May 22nd luncheon, go to northfieldchamber.com. please visit https://tinyurl.com/2018tourismlunch.