No bids were received for Northfield’s 2019 street reclamation project. Citing late bidding for the entire project and a tight timeline for completion of the Third Street corridor, none of the construction companies could guarantee completion this year in the time requested. Going back to square one, Northfield Public Works Director Dave Bennett said staff will seek additional bids for the northern portion of the city which includes the cul-de-sacs north of North Avenue, with a goal of completion for the summer/fall of 2019; work on the southern portion of the city, including Third and Fourth Streets on the west side will be bid in the spring/summer of 2020. City Councilor Erica Zweifel asked about how this affects the Northfield Arts Guid who, she said, moved their theater productions around to match projected construction timelines. Bennett explained there is water main work on that stretch of roadway which will
take longer, “so it’s really not possible to get that work done in 2019.” The council voted unanimously to bid out the northern portion of the project which includes 8 cul-de-sacs. Bids will open June 6, 2019. The southern portion will be bid earlier for next year. As for affecting the 2020 projects, Mayor Rhonda Pownell said staff will get those bids out during an earlier bid cycle. Those projects may also have a carry-over. Maps: 4 – Project Location Maps
Error in 2019 street assessments – a new hearing will be called
Additionally there was an error in the assessments for this project. Public Works Director Bennett was informed yesterday. City Administrator Ben Martig explains, “In the very northwest area, one of the areas on the assessments had some errors on the calculation where we did not have the right assessment amount per square foot.” There was an unusual number of assessments this year. He continued, explaining, “On the spreadsheet there was a couple of formulaic errors on that that weren’t caught right away. So unfortunately what that means is we basically mail everybody a notice of these assessments so we need to re-mail everybody out a cancellation of that because we need to restart the process,” and “technically everybody has to get the notice because we do the hearing all at once, so we do a group process with it but it’s just the very northwest area of the project impacted by the change so a lot of people are going to get the same notice amount back, the vast majority of people will.” Those in the affected area will see fees raised slightly. With that, the May 21, 2019, hearing date for assessments on the project has been cancelled and a new date will be set. The total 2019 project is $3.6 million. The bonding will move forward to do the work on the north side; the city will carry the cash over for the rest of the project next year.
Wedding Vendor Fair highlights local locales and unique vendors
The Third Annual Northfield Area Wedding Vendor Fair is tomorrow at the Gardens of Castle Rock from 4 to 7 p.m. Owner of the Gardens and one of the organizers, Glenn Switzer, said the idea started with all the vendors, all the venues in the Northfield area to drive tourism and economic development, bringing people to Northfield, and also letting the locals know they don’t have to travel far! There will be over 40 vendors on hand to help with every need including twelve caterers bringing some of their best fare to sample. Everyone is welcome. Switzer added there will be decorators, DJs, bands, photographers, officients, representatives of venues, florists, planners, coordinators, transportation companies and more. Because not many people plan parties with 250 guests coming from various locations, Switzer said the wedding fair offers an opportunity to gather a lot of information in one place. You can pre-register for the event on Facebook; search Northfield Area Wedding Vendor Fair and you’ll find a link to Eventbrite. Switzer said, “If you sign up, preregister, you will get entered into a drawing where there are some cash prizes. So, three people will not only just have a wonderful date night, they’ll go home with some cash in their pocket.” Individual vendors will also have drawings and the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce also donated some swag bags. The Gardens of Castle Rock is on Highway 3 (Chippendale Avenue) north of County Road 86.