Sometimes ya just gotta share….
On Saturday, November 5, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Dakota County will be hosting a Warrant Resolution Day. This event is geared toward allowing individuals with outstanding Dakota County Warrants an opportunity to conveniently resolve those warrant(s). Read the full press release below with further information:
Just before 6 o’clock early Tuesday evening, the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office responded to a severely injured bicyclist in Eureka Township. He was found at 250th st. west and Highview Avenue. Sheriff Tim Leslie said in a press release “At this time the investigation leads us to believe that the 45-year-old male bicyclist from Eagan was traveling east on 250th Street West and was struck by an eastbound vehicle that left the scene.” His Office is offering a $1,000 reward for information that may lead to the identification of the driver and vehicle involved in this hit and run. Contact Sergeant Dawanna Witt at 651-438-4736. Find full press release HERE. Messages on facebook regarding the victim are asking for prayers for a miracle.
Multi-modal fund a bit muddled
The creation of a multi-modal fund got muddled with Councilors questioning whether it was really a slush fund. Finance Director Melanie Lammers said the fund would open with no balance, however the resolution following the creation of the fund would close 3 other funds including the Tiger Trail and deposit the money into this new fund with no identified project. DeLong said, “this is a whole new method of doing things, so to speak, instead of encumbering funds for a particular project, we’re kind of just creating an umbrella fund”. Nakasian made a new motion to approve a fund for “safe crossings and trails” limiting the scope. Zweifel disagreed saying that only included pedestrians. At the open mic, Citizen Don McGee referenced the 2014 audit by outside consultants which said, while not required, they recommend, “that all funds that are created have a specific stated purpose so the taxpayers know what you’re putting away money for”. Lammers said the Hwy 3 and 3rd street project was talked about at the work session but there was no defined direction so she thought this fund would take care of that. Mayor Graham said they have a finance subcommittee and asked why weren’t they involved in the discussion and bring back a recommendation as a group? Lammers answered saying the subcommittee did vet it in 2015 (Mayor Graham noted that was the old committee). She said, “there were ideas for this and other projects and when those ideas were brought to a work session they were not well received, thus the resolution you have before you”. With a multi-modal designation, it appears to leave the scope of transportation of any sort wide open. Future councils could have significantly differing ideas on how to use funds placed in it. Council took no action but referred it to the finance subcommittee for further review. Typically funds are set up for specific projects and then closed when the project is complete, or in the case of the Tiger Trail, never started.
Dahle comments on State of the State and dollars for Iron Rangers
District 20 Senator Kevin Dahle commented this morning on Governor Dayton’s State of the State speech this week saying, “he had a little bit of humor here and there and talked about his priorities, transportation bill and clean water and possibly some tax cuts”. It was held at the University of Minnesota campus due to construction at the Capital. Legislators are working on extending unemployment benefits to Iron Range workers by 26 weeks at a cost of about $200 million. Dahle is hopeful they can get it passed today without bipartisan bickering, he says. Republicans want to attach business tax cuts to the bill. Dahle’s full interview this morning is posted on kymnradio.net.
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