Hillmann gets Board approval
In a 6 to 1 vote last night, the Northfield School Board chose Dr. Matthew Hillmann to be the next Superintendent of Northfield Public Schools. Board member Margaret Colangelo voted no citing concern that he was the only candidate that applied, although she supports Hillman. He said this morning, “I’m really proud to have a chance to lead this world class organization. We’ve got outstanding people, working with kids every day and that’s the best thing we can do as a school district”. Hillmann anticipates meeting with Board members in the next couple of days to negotiate his contract. During the interview process Hillmann was impressed with the genuine desire of the Board to make sure there’s a focus on strong relationships between all the stakeholders including district leadership, building leadership, teachers and staff and the community and parents. He said those relationships must be maintained. Hillman praised retiring Superintendent Dr. Chris Richardson saying how grateful he is for his mentorship. Hillmann has served in the Northfield School District for seven years, currently as the Director of Administrative Services and previously as the Director of Human Resources and Technology. We’ll hear more from Hillmann coming up.
E. Cannon trail pulled and a payment questioned
The East Cannon River trail project was pulled from last night’s Northfield Council agenda and there were several voicing their frustration over the late hour in which it was pulled and no explanation of why. Interim Administrator CC Linstroth said that Dundas asked for more time to communicate with their Council. Nakasian wanted it on the agenda saying for the purpose of transparency to the public. Zweifel said the discussion they were having was enough. They voted 5 to 1 to remove the items. Mayor Graham added this morning that Dundas hasn’t had a chance to review it. Audience members were caught unaware of the late removal, they expressed support of an asphalt paved trail at the open mic. Graham says the project, with a paved trail, is coming in within budget. Of course, that depends on Dundas council, which Administrator McCarthy says they will discuss it at their meeting on Monday. Victor Summa asked about a $25,000 payment to the League of Minnesota Cities. That led Ludescher to amend the motion to remove it from the disbursements as he was unaware of a litigation settlement. The payment is being withheld until Council has more information. We’ll have more on this issue on Monday morning, when Linstroth comes in studio at 8:45.
Aerial platform yellow flagged
NAFRS Board Chair Glen Castore commented discussed the yellow flag received on the Aerial Platform Ladder truck. It was taken to Custom Fire for estimate. It will cost $43,000 to repair all of the hydraulics and another $12,000 for transmission work. At the same time, Castore says, there is an opportunity to buy a 10 year old truck for about $300,000. In their Capital Plan is to buy a new one in 2020 which would cost about $1.3 million. There’s a strong interest in buying the used truck. It will now go to the equipment committee for further investigation.
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