The City of Nfld will stay in the Liquor business – 4 sites selected for study
The Northfield Council decided to stay in the Liquor business. That’s the question Mayor Dana Graham wanted answered before they started debating which sites to further consider for a new municipal liquor store. Councilor Zweifel said, “our liquor store does a tremendous job of promoting respectful and safe use of alcohol so I firmly believe that it should stay as a muni”. Graham said the only control the City has over outside stores is zoning and there would be no guarantee on the number of liquor stores allowed. Some councilors were concerned about a store like Total Wine coming in. Liquor Operations Director Stephen DeLong said, “I don’t see there’s any chance … unless the Northfield/Dundas population grew threefold to fivefold for there to be a big box retailer that would be interested in coming down here”. “The demographics wouldn’t support it”. Council had set 4 goals for a new liquor store: Control the sale of alcohol, Provide revenue to supplement traditional tax and fee revenues, Provide economic stimulus to the central business district and Provide a convenient location for residents to purchase alcohol. They chose 4 of the 10 sites put forth. They are the Q-Block at 2nd and Hwy 3, the EconoFoods lot on the south side, the Chamber location at 3rd and Hwy 3 and Hwy 3 and Clinton Lane on the south side of Jefferson Pkwy. The next step is to further study each of the 4 locations. Staff will study the site for feasibility in terms of cost to purchase and build. They will then, again, narrow down the choices. The Amcon site was highly rated for location but due to it’s access, proximity to St. Dominic’s school and possible environmental cleanup it was eliminated. Graham says he doesn’t expect it to come back to Council until April. Municipal Liquor Store profits currently go to local youth organizations and the City’s General Fund.
HRA elects 2016 officers and discusses work plan
The Northfield HRA elected officers for 2016 last week. They remain Dayna Norvold as Chair, Kris Vohs as Vice Chair and Jayne Hager-Dee as Secretary. Norvold said there have been discussions with other interested outside organizations such as the CAC, looking at what their next big project might be. Norvold pondered, “how can the land we have and some version of tiny homes meet the needs of older people and people with special needs?” That group will meet again in February. Hager-Dee brought up the need for emergency shelter for the homeless. As Community Action Center’s Board President she said the CAC is spending upwards of $2,000 a month to house individuals and families. They have a facility. She said it’s busting their budget. Norvold said she’s heard the same elsewhere but emergency shelter isn’t addressing the real problem. She asked that the issue be added to their 2016 work plan despite restrictions on how their tax funded dollars can be spent.
Arts Guild and Golf Club team up for unique fundraiser
The audience will get into the act Valentine’s Day weekend as the Northfield Arts Guild and the Northfield Golf Club partner to present The Case of the Riverboat Rendezvous, an interactive murder mystery dinner show. The experience is a fundraiser for the Northfield Arts Guild and includes a four-course meal served before the show. The performances will be February 13th and 14th at the Northfield Golf Club. For more information on times and tickets, stop by the Northfield Arts Guild’s Center for the Arts on Division Street or go online at northfieldartsguild.org, or call 507-645-8877.
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