Looks like Family Fare on Division Street in Northfield will be getting a new window. A little after 7 a.m. this morning, a teen driver hit the gas instead of the brake and took out a panel of glass at the front of the store in the new dining area. Thankfully no one was sitting nearby and there appeared to be little damage to the vehicle. While there were no physical injuries, there may be a little hurt pride. Northfield Police Chief Monte Nelson said this kind of accident has been happening more often lately.
There’s a new Deputy Chief in town
Northfield Police Chief Monte Nelson has been introducing the new Deputy Chief to City Staff and officials. Mark Elliott joins the NPD with more than 27 years of law enforcement experience. He served with the Bloomington Police Department for over 20 years and most recently was the Chief of Police in Prior Lake. Elliott lives in Farmington. He has three children; a son in high school, a daughter who works in Eagan, and another daughter who is active duty in the Air Force and is stationed overseas. Elliott takes over for Mark Dukatz, who retired last month after 23 years in Northfield. Elliott will be in studio Thursday morning at 8:45 a.m.
A decade later, Ivanhoe Drive to get a sidewalk
Since January, Northfield resident Don McGee has made it his mission to get the sidewalk gap on Ivanhoe Drive filled. Identified as a “Safe Routes to School” sidewalk, Northfield Mayor Rhonda Pownell explains the stretch on Ivanhoe would connect to a trail that leads to Greenvale Park. The sidewalks currently runs from Manitou Street across Greenvale Avenue. Pownell added that the project is out of the city’s normal budget cycle; they generally only do sidewalk projects during regular yearly street projects. However, city staff found a way to move forward in correcting the gap this year. This area was identified a decade ago but work was never completed. This item will be on the City Council’s May 7, 2019, agenda. With wide support, it should be approved.
Northfield School District buys Gleason property
The Northfield School District entered into an agreement to purchase a Gleason property in Dundas after leasing it since 2001. Superintendent Dr. Matt Hillmann said they’ll pay $590, 000 for 720 Gleason Road. The property includes about an acre of land. They also plan to close on a smaller adjacent property in July. The City of Dundas will lose about $3,000 in property taxes as a result of the sale.
Draheim’s Zero Budget bill in omnibus
A couple of Senator Rich Draheim’s bills are in a larger omnibus bill. This includes the creation of a bipartisan commission on housing and the pathway to home ownership, a zero-based budget. He explained that, every ten years, each department would be required to bring their budget to zero and then rebuild it. It would be a different department each year. The idea is to get a better handle on where the money’s going. Draheim’s full interview is on kymnradio.net.