By Teri Knight, News Director
Last night was about the kids at the Northfield City Council meeting. From 2nd graders to seniors, the first highlight was the recognition of Arcadia Charter School’s Bella Callery for her accomplishment in winning the National Poetry Out Loud contest. She bested 275,000 other student competitors with her performance of “Perhaps the World Ends Here” by Joy Harjo. Listen to her recitation on the City’s website by clicking here. Mayor Rhonda Pownell then recognized 25 graduating seniors from the Youth Council, thanking them, “…for the many meetings that
you’ve attended, for sharing with us your viewpoint and engaging the other youth that are around you.” Then it was time to announce the winners of the stormwater pollution prevention poster contest. There were three winners from two groups, 2nd and 3rd graders and 4th and 5th graders. Cannon River Watershed Partnership’s Kevin Strauss explained, “[and] the goal of the contest is to help students learn what they can do in their own homes and neighborhoods to keep our rivers and lakes clean. So we had posters that described what kids can do and what their parents can do to keep fertilizer, leaves and grass off our sidewalks and streets.” 1 – 2019 Winners Names Place School There were 77 students who participated in the contest and the winning posters will be displayed at City Hall. KYMN has pictures of the students receiving their awards on our website. Pownell and City Administrator Ben Martig were in studio this morning with a recap of the meeting including their discussion on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), which we’ll have more about tomorrow.
Northfield Rotary offers grants for electric vehicle stations
The Northfield Rotary Club decided a couple of years ago to put some of their energy toward sustainable actions to reduce climate change. That led to the creation of a committee including Alan Anderson and Bruce Morlan, hosts of the KYMN Climate Show. Rotary member Rick Estenson explained that the club is spearheading a project to be the catalyst and financial sponsor promoting the installation of ‘level 2” dual plug electric vehicle charging stations in the Northfield area. Rotary President Scott Richardson said that the stations are a “visible sign” of what they’re doing. He added that it engages other people in the community, “so there’s some partnerships here that I think create a certain synergy around green issues and I think it helps Northfield’s identity in terms of tourism.” The Rotary’s goal is to have three of these electrical vehicle “EV” stations within the next year, if not sooner. They’re offering an opportunity for businesses to submit an application for a charging station. Estenson said location and accessibility is important. The grants would be $7,000. The charger costs $5,000 with installation about $2000. The City of Northfield has already come on board; they’ll get a grant with $3500 up front and the rest after installation. The deadline for applications is July 1, 2019. It’s a must that these charging stations are accessible to the public with the added benefit of drawing attention to changing traveling habits. Estenson said these chargers can add 30 miles to the battery in an hour. He said people traveling through Northfield would find these EV stations online and stop to “top them off,” stay for lunch, perhaps go shopping, while their vehicle charges and then be on their way. For more information and an application go to northfieldrotary.org.
More solid concrete installed at fire hall
The Northfield Fire Hall had a new concrete apron poured yesterday. Northfield Area Fire and Rescue Service (NAFRS) Chair Bron Scherer had said early this month that the concrete wasn’t up to standard to handle the load of a firetruck. The company needed to replace 90 yard’s worth. Fire Chief Gerry Franek will be in studio tomorrow morning with a report on the NAFRS Joint Powers meeting and an update on their firefighter recruitment open house.