By Teri Knight, News Director
A Faribault developer is looking to build a three-story apartment building in Dundas. City Administrator Jenelle Teppen explains there will be, “About 39 – 40 units, anywhere between one and three bedrooms, small community room, small workout room, parking garage, parking stalls.” It will be located on West Avenue off Railway Street near Young’s Paint Center. Todd Nelson Properties hopes to break ground yet this year. The concept plan will be presented again to the Planning Commission on July 18, 2019. In other development news, the
Dundas Council approved the final plat and development agreement for a new Kwik Trip on the corner of Hester Street and Highway 3. This process has been a couple of years in the making with the biggest issue being how to handle traffic flow. Construction is planned for 2020.
Northfield schools’ summer filled with construction
Summer’s here and Northfield School District Superintendent Dr. Matt Hillmann said construction is underway after voters approved the 2018 bond referendum. First up is a 4,000 sq. ft addition to Bridgewater Elementary which will include work on the main office, a nurse’s office, secure vestibule and renovation of the current office for special education. They expect to wrap up that work nine months early. As for the new Greenvale Park Elementary, they intend to bid the job in mid July and opening the bids in early August. Work could start very shortly thereafter. Knutson Construction is the management firm. They believe everything is on track to finish it next summer. Sibley Elementary School, which is next to be bid out, will get a new cafeteria and kitchen and a renovated media center.
Fossum wants issues resolved before allowing felons to vote while on probation
Legislators voted down a bill that would allow felons the right to vote if they are not physically in prison, but before they’ve finished their probation. Rice County Attorney John Fossum pointed out that, “The issue from my perspective as a prosecutor, is I can’t really tell easily, or the Secretary of State, certainly can’t tell if they’re in custody or not in custody, so I don’t know that we would be catching those cases.” Additionally, he said, “I wanted real clarity on if somebody votes on the 25th of October and gets picked up on their probation violation on the 31st and is in custody for election day, is that going to be a valid vote or not and who’s supposed to catch that.” Fossum wants that resolved first. Right now, a felon must serve their time, including all of their probation, before being allowed to vote. There are a number of felons who get little jail time but considerably more probation. The bill will come back next session.
Washington Street construction could be completed Friday
Paving crews started today to begin placing the final lift of bituminous pavement on Washington Street from Woodley Street to Second Street. Parking is not allowed; however the road will be open to through traffic. Work is expected to wrap up by Friday.