Can CDBG funds fund the CAC?
Unspent CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) funds from 2009 and 2012 are subject to recapture by the Dakota County Community Development Agency (CDA) if they are not spent by June 30th. Northfield’s Community Development department tried to find places for those dollars but some of the projects are not set to go before the deadline. Coordinator Janine Atchinson told HRA members they have about $45,000 unspent dollars. Member Dayna Norvold discussed emergency housing and asked, “could we ever say we want to give $15,000 of those dollars to the Community Action Center for them to use for emergency housing?”. She added, “so there’s 2 things for emergency shelters”. One is simply the cost of putting them up, the other is the cost of upkeep for The Manger Inn. She added that there’s always a “to-do” list, a maintenance list there. Manger Inn is a 7 unit transitional housing project on Hwy 3. Atchinson said she would look into whether CDBG dollars can go to the CAC for the emergency housing. UPDATE: I heard back from Coordinator Janine Atchinson. There are several parameters the City must follow to use the funds, which are reimbursed AFTER the expenditure. CDBG funds may be used to provide public services (including labor, supplies, and materials),only if the public service is either a new service or a quantifiable increase in the level of service. The City must also get permission from the Dakota County CDA Board to use funds in a manner different from the original allocated use. Atchinson added that It would be very difficult, at best, for a help agency to create a new Northfield program or quantifiably increase an existing Northfield program and provide the service in the time allotted. I erred in my report. Dayna Norvold is the HRA member who asked about emergency housing.
Dundas Lift Station will get a lift – bids come back March 22nd
The Dundas Force Main and Lift station project has gone out for bids. They’ll receive them next Tuesday. City Administrator John McCarthy said this project will, in addition to help ensure the environment is protected, the City will be able to properly handle the waste. He said it was undersized to begin with and with extreme events it comes close to it’s capacity. That event could be flooding and/or snowmelt. The Council will need to approve a bid. Dundas has grown by around 500 houses since the lift station was built. McCarthy says the pumps are working overtime and causing premature aging. They hope to start construction in July.
Crash on Hwy 3 slows traffic up yesterday
An accident on Hwy 3 in Dundas around 5:30 last night had a lane of traffic blocked for a time. According to the State Patrol, 78 year old Genevieve Morales of Northfield was traveling northbound on Hwy 3 and struck 47 year old Michelle Latimer of New Market who was eastbound on Hester Street. Both drivers were taken to Northfield Hospital with non life threatening injuries. Morales’ vehicle was totaled and Lattimore’s sustained heavy damage.
Northfield Council talks TIF
The Northfield City Council meets tonight at 7 o’clock. On the regular agenda is just one item. They’re being asked to pass a resolution authorizing staff to submit a request for special legislation to extend the five-year rule for the Riverfront Tax Increment Finance District by three years from July, 2016 to July, 2019. The meetings are streamed live on the City’s website and Mayor Graham will be in studio at 7:20 tomorrow morning with a recap.
ACT holds conversation on Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s Disease, and other dementias, affects between 4 and 500 people in the Northfield area alone, according to ACT on Alzheimer’s Coordinator Jayne Hager Dee. Dementia isn’t a normal part of aging but is associated with it. There’s no cure and no slowing it down. ACT is sponsoring a Conversation as The Cow tomorrow evening with panelists such as a geriatric nurse, an attorney and caregiver/family member. The Conversation starts at 6:30 with different panel than last November.
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