By Teri Knight, News Director
As the temperature rises, so do the number of calls to the Northfield Police Department about thefts from vehicles. Police Chief Monte Nelson says, “Don’t leave valuables in your cars, lock your vehicles, lock up your garages including the door from the garage into your house.” He said don’t make it easy for a thief, and, “If you see something, call immediately, call our non-emergency line and pass on the information. And don’t just assume it can only happen at night.” If you see someone going door to door in neighborhoods, ask them if they have a solicitor’s
license or call the non-emergency number, 507-645-4477, and an officer will check it out. And one more reminder as we approach the 4th of July holiday: Chief Nelson will soon have the ‘dos and don’ts’ of lighting fireworks on the city’s website.
Dundas to hold closed session
The Dundas Council will hold a closed meeting tonight at 6 p.m. at City Hall regarding Bridgewater Township and their quest for incorporation. A regular meeting will follow at 7 p.m. On the agenda is approval of the final plat and development agreement for a Kwik Trip store near Menards. City Administrator Jenelle Teppen will be in studio tomorrow morning at 8:45 a.m. with a recap of the meeting.
Cities to see increase in local government aid
District 20B Representative Todd Lippert gave a presentation to the Northfield Council last week on the legislative session. The biggest news specifically for Northfield, as well as other cities, is the increase in local government aid. There were cutbacks in 2008. Northfield City Administrator Ben Martig said, “We haven’t had this level of funding across the state since 2002. We’ve really gone backwards for a period of time.” That has affected our property taxes and other local taxes. Northfield receives a little over $3 million a year and will see an additional $168,000 due to the increase. Mayor Rhonda Pownell commented, “If you increased our general fund budget, I think by about $80,000, that would be a 1% levy increase. So if local government aid (LGA) were to go away in its entirety for the city of Northfield budget, we would have to increase our budget 37% to help make up for that $3 million loss of LGA.” Their full interview is on kymnradio.net. There is no Northfield Council meeting this week as it’s the 5th Tuesday. They will meet again July 2, 2019.
Northfield DMV to get $58k from state
Legislation recently signed by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz included an appropriation of $13 million for deputy registrar reimbursement grants related to the development and deployment of the Minnesota License and Registration System (MNLARS). The City of Northfield’s DMV office’s share is $58,022.48. The calculation of the City’s share is based on the office’s transaction activity from July 1, 2014-December 21, 2018.