By Teri Knight, News Director
Current estimates of Northfield’s contaminated recycling waste is 15%. Local citizen Jan Shoger has been participating in the Materials & Waste subcommittee of the Climate Action Plan Advisory Board (CAPAB). With first-hand knowledge of the problem and a desire to bring Northfield to zero waste status, Shoger will donate $50,000 toward vigorous educational efforts and enhanced organic recycling
options. The Northfield Council this week had to officially accept the donation to the city per state statute. Administrator Ben Martig commented that it was, “…greatly appreciated. It will also us to make a lot of progress in that area and it ties into our strategic plan too.” In a letter to the city, Shoger said she wants the funds used for mailings, workshops and events in a variety of settings. The time-frame to use the dollars is from July of this year to July of 2020. 2 – Donation Resolution Attachement_Shoger Letter City Councilor Erica Zweifel commented at the meeting, “I just wanted to add my gratitude and thanks to Jan. It was my pleasure to serve on that waste committee with Jan and for everyone for their support of the climate action plan and the zero waste efforts in particular.” The city’s Program Coordinator Beth Kallestad will be leading the implementation of the use of those funds.
New developer to complete Bridgewater Heights addition
Last week was Dundas Administrator John McCarthy’s last official council meeting as administrator. When he started the position in 2006, the Bridgewater Heights residential neighborhood was at the beginning of a downturn. He said the developer of a major portion of the subdivision had failed to pay the third payment owed to the city and that, “…basically shut down the future part of the project down.” Since then, Dundas had worked with various developers to get the last addition built. Last week McCarthy said anew developer, “…is in the process of purchasing the property and asked for some certain changes; the city approved those changes.” Fenway Land Company has also agreed to pay the fees plus interest for the last 13 years which amounts to about $390,000. In return, the City of Dundas will reimburse the developer for oversized piping that was laid by the first developer. That amounts to about $190,000. With the additional $200,000, McCarthy says, the city will use those funds to reduce debt on the water service. The development will allow for 49 single family lots. McCarthy expects the city to issue building permits for model homes in a couple of weeks. The rest of the area was set to become townhomes but those plans can be changed to suit the area’s needs, which could mean higher density singles homes, which McCarthy called “affordable homes.” McCarthy will be working part time for a while to help ease the transition to newly hired Dundas City Administrator Janelle Teppen.
Community Band kicks off free concerts tonight
The Northfield Community Band starts their free Thursday evening performances tonight. The June concerts, held at Bridge Square, will begin at 7 p.m. each Thursday under the direction of Bruce McWilliams. Bring your lawn chairs. Anyone interested in performing in the band can simply show up at rehearsal. Rehearsals are from 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, now through June 26 in the high school band room. For more information, contact Mary Williams at [email protected] or 507-645-3403. The Northfield Community Band is sponsored by the Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division, Carleton College and the Rotary Club of Northfield.
City installs Wi-Fi in Bridge Square
The City of Northfield installed a Wi-Fi hotspot in Bridge Square enabling residents, businesses and visitors to connect to the free, public network. Users can choose “Northfield_Guest” for access.