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Nfld HRA funds “workforce housing” programs
The City of Northfield has a fund to help low and moderate income families with downpayment assistance. Northfield HRA Housing Coordinator Janine Atchison said, “this is basically working toward the goal of providing workforce housing in Northfield. It’s a loan of up to $10,000”. More information is on the City’s website ci.northfield.mn.us. The HRA is also exploring the development of 11 acres they own near the soccer fields, “it’s in very preliminary stages, there’s no actual plan yet but they are, in fact, working towards the goal of developing additional housing”. Atchison says there are plenty of people who work in Northfield but can’t afford to live here. The goal is to close the gap in workforce housing. [Read more…] about Today’s news update – Nfld HRA funds “workforce housing” programs; Pownell sets priorities; Dundas dome inflates!
Electric Zamboni? You bet
Last night the Northfield City Council unanimously approved the go ahead for staff to pursue a grant application for an electric ice resurfacer for the Northfield Arena. Public Works Director Dave Bennett said the current propane Zamboni is 10 years old and approaching it’s life span. With the potential grant funding it would be beneficial to the City. The actual purchase price of the electric Zamboni is just over 132,000; the trade in value for the current one is $22,000. Staff will request $50,000 through the Mighty Ducks Grant Program which is making the grant money available for [Read more…] about Today’s news update – Electric Zamboni? You bet; Xcel Energy appearance sparks panic during flood; HRA approves dollars for displaced; Shop and donate
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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HRA approves street assessment program
The HRA discussed their Street Assessment Assistance Program last week. New Coordinator Janine Atchinson said, while last years program wasn’t very successful in terms of few applying for the grants (which can be up to $3,000) she believes that it is, in part, due to income qualifications not being met. Megan Tsui questioned whether they should consider raising the median income thresh hold. Right now it’s at 80%. This year there will be a full reconstruction on Woodley Street. There are 71 residential parcels that will be affected by the full reconstruction. Kevin Fink felt they should offer the program and send notifications to each household after assessments are made. The Authority approved the assistance program with $40,000 in the budget for this year.
MN Dot to hold Transit service meeting in Northfield
MnDot is holding four public meetings about intercounty and intercity transit service opportunities in southeast Minnesota. A MnDOT planning team will present findings from its travel study and let community members know how they can provide input as the study moves into its final phase. There will be a meeting in Northfield on Wednesday at Northfield City Hall from 5 to 7 p.m. Southeast Minnesota residents are also invited to join the planning team for a project webinar Monday, March 21, at 3 p.m. The webinar, accessible by computer or phone, will include a presentation of the study findings and allow for questions and answers about the service alternatives. More information on how to access the webinar is on our website kymnradio.net.
Transportation, taxes and deadlines for legislators
District 20 Senator Kevin Dahle was in studio Friday morning. He said they have a transportation bill and tax bill held over from last year. There are 18 bills in judiciary and this is a short legislative session. The deadlines are coming really quick, the first one is April 1st, the next one is the following Friday. If they don’t make it through the 2nd deadline, the bill is dead. He’s speaking of policy bills, Finance bills will be worked on into May. The last day of the session is May 23rd. Dahle will be in studio on Friday morning.
If you plan to party, “Have a plan”, says Sheriff Dunn
St. Patrick’s Day often means celebrations. Sheriff Troy Dunn says, “If you’re going to go out and celebrate in an Irish festival or get-togethers, please, have a plan set up for a safe ride home”. Consider a taxi service or a designated sober driver. Statewide, fatalities on our roads are up by 60% so far this year. Dunn says it could be from distracted driving, impaired driving be it alcohol or drugs or sleep deprivation. Dunn added that they’re seeing more people not using their seatbelts. The good news is that Rice County has not had a fatality yet this year.
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