The Northfield Police Department is seeking assistance in identifying suspects of a recent burglary at the Tobacco Field Store. Just before 4am on July 5th, Northfield Officers responded to a burglary alarm at the store. On arrival, they found damage to a window and items inside the store tossed about. An undetermined amount of merchandise was taken. Investigator Sgt. PT Haider said they were just able to view the video and put Images of persons of interest out to the public. He said the owner was out
of town so it took time to instruct an employee on how to operate the video equipment to get the images. Those are on our website kymnradio.net. He added that there have been 2 more incidents at Tobacco Field since last Thursday. A private party is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the responsible parties. If you have any information please call the Northfield Police department. You can also be anonymous. Go to our website for phone numbers and details on how to give an anonymous tip.
City leaders work to solve WWTP issues and assure the community
The Northfield City Council and the public had a chance to view multiple photos of the floods and fire that have taken place in the last 6 months at the Wastewater Treatment Plant which have resulted in millions of dollars worth of damage. Amid questions and concerns from residents and businesses along the Cannon River regarding the discharge of sewage, City leaders are working to solve the problems and salve the community. Regarding the report, Mayor Pownell said, “it was an opportunity for people to see where these 3 major incidents, where they happened at the plant and to show the actual piping, the actual buildings where they took place, the cost breakdown for replacing them and what measures we’re taking so it doesn’t happen again”. There will be more information on July 17th. Media and Council will tour the facility on Friday. View pictures and the report as well as more information on the entire meeting by clicking: 2018_7_10 City Council Supplemental Agenda Background Memo for July 10, 2018 No. 2
Councilors approve, finally, paving of Spring Creek Rd – on a budget
Councilors approved a redesign of Spring Creek Rd. after the original price tag for paving and upgrades between Huron Ct. and Superior Dr. doubled to $3.4 million, mostly due to retaining walls. Public Works Director Dave Bennet and SEH Consultant Aaron Ditzler came back with two options. Option A was $2.6 million, with an urban design, which would eliminate all the retaining walls as they would shift the placement of the road by 12 ft to the east but build a trail. Option B is $2.1 million, would shift the road 3 feet and consist of two different sections. The first would be 37’ wide half urban/half rural from Superior to Jefferson Parkway. There would be a 12’ driving lane and an 8’ paved shoulder on the west half while retaining the 5’ sidewalk. The east half would be a 5’ paved shoulder. From Jefferson to Huron, the road would be 34 feet wide with a 5’ paved shoulder and 2’ gravel shoulder on both sides. Ultimately they unanimously approved Option B with no trail. Mayor Pownell commented, “when it came right down to it the Council really have heard concerns out there about the dust is really unbearable, it really forces people indoors, they don’t feel like they can get out and about, it coats the houses out there and so just to get the street paved would be a major improvement”. (some residents have been waiting since 2008) They plan to go out for bids this year, with some work beginning this year but the actual pavement happening in 2019. Pownell and Administrator Martig were in studio with a recap of the entire meeting, it’s on our website. A link to the video of the meeting is HERE. 3 – Typical Section Options A B
Nfld school district will see largest Senior class ever
Northfield schools implemented a Contingency Fund years ago under the leadership of Dr. Chris Richardson. Superintendent Dr. Matt Hillmann said it’s a Full Time Equivalent budget that allows administrators to address hotspots in class sizes on an annual basis. They had 6 Full Time Equivalent positions in the fund. But this year will see the largest Senior class of nearly 360 and a group of 340 incoming 9th graders. Fourth grade at Bridgewater will add a class which brings the fund to just one FTE left. Hillmann gave the Board a heads up that they may need to increase that budget to be proactive rather than reactive. His entire interview is also on our website.