The former Kasson Police Officer convicted of multiple sexual assault cases stemming over a period of years, was sentenced in 3 counties on April 3rd. 52 year old Julio Baez of St. Charles, pled guilty to criminal sexual conduct with 3 female children over a period of several years in the early 2000’s. All 3 victims, now adults, testified of being abused in multiple ways and locked in rooms with monitors. Baez was convicted in Dodge County of 2nd degree misconduct with a victim under 13 and received 27 months, in Olmstead County of 1st degree misconduct with a child 13 to 15 years old and received 216
months and in Rice County of 1st degree with a victim under 16 where he received 144 months. He will serve the sentences concurrently. He will also serve 5 years probation and must register as a predatory offender. In June of last year, Baez shot himself multiple times. He was treated in Rochester, released and has been serving time. He’ll get credit for 288 days. In total, he’ll spend 18 years in prison.
Nfld grapples with regulations for ADUs
Accessory Dwelling Units will be coming back before the Northfield City Council as they continue to grapple with how to regulate them. A work session was held last week. Administrator Martig said the primary goal is to provide additional housing opportunities in the City. Martig said, “kind of life cycle living opportunities where maybe if you outgrow your housing space you can move into a smaller accessory dwelling on your site. Maybe rent out the main unit. Might mean if you have aging parents that you want to live more close to you but still retain some independence”. Additionally, he said, there may be an opportunity for “affordable” units but also, simply more rental units. There was an open house a month ago with citizens providing feedback. While the general consensus is ADUs are a good idea, the Planning Commission recommended dismissing many of the current regulations. Not many citizens agreed with that. Part of the Council discussion included the 20% rental restrictions in town. Martig said, “one suggestion was rather than waiving that for ADUs to allow it where if there is an owner who occupies one of the dwellings on the site, in that case it would be exempted from the 20% but otherwise it would still apply”. The theory behind that is that if not owner-occupied, there could be a lapse of care. As for parking spaces, he said, “some of the discussion around that is that some people don’t need to drive, sometimes you might have extra parking on your site already, maybe even allowing a waiver there could be an administrative staff review to determine whether or not they can prove that they’ve got that issue taken care of”. One of the biggest modifications was the size of the ADU. Martig explained, “you’d use 50% of the main building living space, meaning the main level and above. It would have to be 50% or less for the ADU but not to exceed a thousand sq. ft, whichever is less”. Also discussed was aesthetics and lot coverage. Martig said there are a lot of differing opinions on the Council. Staff is looking at coming back with some modifications at Council’s May 7th meeting.
The last of last years road projects begins Wednesday
This Wednesday, construction crews will begin Stage 3 Phase 2 of the 2018 Division Street projects. This includes Washington Street from Fifth Street to Second Street, the Third Street Parking Lot, and the Grand Parking Lot. This work was unable to be completed last year due to weather. Press Release_Washington Street Road Work