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Today’s news update – One hiccup at street reclamation hearing; New roofs for some area schools; Judy Sosted and Erin Hahn honored and Bob Will named Heywood Award winner
A public hearing this week on the street reclamation assessments opened and closed rather quickly with only one hiccup. Part of the Sheldahl Road reclamation is in Waterford Township where a property would potentially see a $7,000 benefit. Public Works Director, Joe Stapf, thought that the City might be able to levy the property but receive payment only when the property is annexed into the City. However, City Attorney Chris Hood told Stapf that since there is no annexation agreement, they may not be able to assess them at all. He’ll have more information at their May 6th meeting.
New roofs for some area schools
Some Northfield Schools will be getting some work done over the summer. The Northfield School Board approved $1.5 million from the district’s operating budget to spruce up the roofs of the M and D wings of the High School, the girls locker room, the entire roof of Greenvale Park and tuck pointing for Greenvale. Superintendent Richardson says they’re getting major bang for their buck because of the district’s double A plus rating. They had 8 companies bid and with the interest rates so low, they received a Buyers Premium giving them more money than they asked for. Construction will begin once school is out for summer.
Judy Sosted and Erin Hahn honored
Judy Sosted and Erin Hahn were honored last night at the Northfield Historical Society’s Volunteer Appreciation Night. They are the 2014 Volunteers of the Year. Hahn is a Northfield High School senior who has been giving impassioned tours and donating plenty of hours while Judy is the adult recipient who, again has delivered many spirited tours and donated many hours in nearly every facet of the NHS. The pair received lots of accolades, a plaque and cake.
Bob Will announced Heywood Award Winner
The Joseph Lee Heywood Distinguished Service Award winner for 2014 was announced last night at a Northfield Historical Society event. A very surprised Bob Will was named this year’s recipient. He said “in all his 87 years, this was the biggest surprise”. His 2 daughters were there last night. The Defeat of Jesse James Days committee is behind the award, which is given to a Northfield citizen who exemplifies the commitment to public service that Joseph Lee Heywood personified. Will and his family moved to Northfield in 1956 and spent more than 30 years teaching economics at Carleton College. Since his retirement, Bob has volunteered at the Northfield Historical Society, Northfield Retirement Community, the Rotary Club, the Mayor’s Streetscape Task Force, Northfield Area Foundation/5th Bridge, the HPC and All Saints Episcopal Church. Will becomes the 32nd recipient of the award dating back to 1983 when former Governor Al Quie was honored. Emily Schmitz was last years recipient. Bob will be honored at the Heywood Banquet September 3rd.
Great Northfield Book Raid begins next week
The Northfield Hospital Auxiliary is holding their 53rd annual Great Northfield Book Raid April 22nd thru the 26th. Retired Carleton Librarians, Carolyn Sanford and Kathy Tezla are first time co-chairs this year. They had been anxious that they’d have enough books but soon realized “they HAD ENOUGH BOOKS”! They also have albums including vintage 78’s, VHS tapes and cassettes. An incredible amount of work goes into sorting the books, placing them in categories and pricing them. Most books are a dollar. As for how many? “The Ice Arena is full from one end to the other”. Many of the books are recycled, earning the Hospital Auxiliary money every year they’re brought back. Hours for the Book Raid are Wednesday through Friday 9am to 9pm; Friday is 1/2 price day; Saturday from 8am to noon is Bag Day with a paperbag of books costing just $5, then from 1pm to 3pm the books are free. For the best selection, get there early! Tezla and Sanford remarked on how amazing it is to see the enthusiasm and the number of volunteers involved. All proceeds benefit Northfield Hospital and Clinics in a variety of ways, most recently the Cancer Care and Infusion Center.
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St Olaf College would like to announce a lecture at St. Olaf on Wednesday April 23. Professor Grete Brochmann will lecture at 7:30 pm in the Viking Theater at Buntrock Commons, St. Olaf College. The title of her lecture is: “GOVERNING IMMIGRATION IN ADVANCED WELFARE STATES. THE SCANDINAVIAN CASE.” Professor Brochmann is a professor in the department of Sociology and Human Geography at the University of Oslo. This lecture is part of the St. Olaf College Norwegian Department series celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian Constitution.
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Listen Fridays at 9:00am (replayed on Saturday at 12:00 Noon) to Paula Granquist on ArtZany! – Radio for the Imagination
Today in the ArtZany! Radio studio Paula Granquist features the Northfield Arts Guild gallery show Surface Tension and the theater show of 10-minute plays Twists and Turns.
Click here to listen to the show!ArtZany! – Radio for the Imagination 04/18/2014
First in the ArtZany! Radio studio Paula Granquist features the Northfield Arts Guild gallery show Surface Tension with coordinator Lilla Johnson and artist Addie Rosenwinkel. This show by seven emerging artists will feature new work by Carleton and St. Olaf Art Apprentices.
Surface Tension: seven emerging artists
Dates: April 18 – May 12, 2014
Artist Reception: Friday, April 25, 7-9 pm
Surface Tension features work by Carleton and St. Olaf Art Apprentices Anna Carlson, Eliza Dennis, Gina Gaetz, Brooke Granowski, Addie Rosenwinkel, Kara Sajeske, and Noah Sanders.
Next in the ArtZany! Radio studio Paula Granquist features the Northfield Arts Guild theater and the theater show of 10-minute plays Twists and Turns with theater artists Zach Vinge, Bryanna Hanson, and Mickey Morstad. They will direct and/or act in ten-minute plays with Agile Rabbit Theatre Co. and the Northfield Arts Guild in a fundraiser entitled Twists and Turns.
Twists and Turns: A Night of Ten-Minute Plays from Authors New and Old
Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 at 7:30 pm
Northfield Arts Guild Theater
411 West Third Street, Northfield, MN
Tickets $10 at the door
The festival has PG-13 rating for language and content of some of the performances.
Twists and Turns will feature eight directors and ten, ten minute plays, from known authors such as Don Nigro, Douglas Hill, and Seth Kramer, as well as local playwright Brendon Etter, and a number of metropolitan authors. The common thread being that all the stories feature some sort of twist, a twist of fate, a shocking revelation, or simply a comedic twist that turns the audience on their heads. More than anything, it is a night of variety –come to laugh, come to cry, and come to cringe!
Directors include: Mickey Morstad, Shari Setchell, Bryanna Hanson, Zach Vinge, Adam Samson Perry, Michael Hugh Torcsh, Joe Heaney and David Krick.
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By: Minnesota State Senator Kevin Dahle
This week marked the Senate’s annual Easter/Passover recess: a time for legislators to reflect on what has happened over the last few months and look ahead to what still needs to be done. Although this year’s session has been shorter than average, there has been no lack of accomplishments. I am proud of the Senate’s achievements this biennium and I hope we can continue the positive momentum for the rest of the year.
Perhaps the biggest story coming into this session was the great news of the $1.2 billion budget surplus. This is Minnesota’s first budget surplus (for the current and next biennium) in seven years. The surplus is another great sign that Minnesota is moving in the right direction. Our state has added over 133,000 jobs since 2011, and at 4.6%, our state’s unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been since June 2007.
However, these great numbers don’t mean that legislators can just sit back and relax. After learning of the surplus, we immediately began drafting legislation to provide tax relief to middle class Minnesotans. In all, the Senate enacted $500 million worth of broad bipartisan tax cuts, which provided breaks for families, students and businesses.
Another highlight of this session is the variety of great bills written and enacted that focus on education. Many are calling last year the “education session,” and we’ve carried through on our commitment this year as well. We repaid $2.8 million back from the school shift to move away from accounting gimmicks, and saved some families $2,500 a year by funding all-day Kindergarten. My legislation on reforming college and career readiness standards will decrease our dropout rates and ensure that more students are ready for the next step after high school, whatever that may be. If they choose to go to college, a tuition freeze at all Minnesota public colleges will help them finance their education; if they decide to enter the workforce directly, recent and upcoming legislation will provide support to get them moving on their career.
Minnesota is also looking to be one of the best places to continue that career, as we build on our economic recovery and continue to strengthen our state. By raising the minimum wage, we’re increasing the purchasing power of thousands of Minnesotans, putting more money in their pockets, lifting working Minnesotans out of poverty, and stimulating the economy even further. Due in large part to recent statewide reforms, Minnesota jumped up 12 places on Forbes’ “Best States for Business,” where we are now in the top 10.
While it is nice to reflect on all that has been achieved so far this session, there is always more work to be done. I’ve been spending time this week meeting with constituents across the district while the legislature is on a break. People have shared good input on the upcoming bonding bill, ways to reform our education system, and strategies to build on our economy in creative and sustainable ways. As always, please contact my office if you have ideas or comments to share. Enjoy the slowly warming weather, and I hope you have a happy Easter.
Today’s news update – Northfield man accused of sexual misconduct; An objection holds Public Hearing on 6th street open
Northfield man accused of sexual misconduct
A Northfield man is accused of criminal sexual conduct. According to the criminal complaint 18 year old Austen Michael Chytracek and a 16 year old girl were in his bedroom on Monday when he told her she needed to “practice giving a blow job”. The victim told police that she repeatedly told Chytracek no but he forced himself on her. Officer Borchardt spoke with Chytracek who later admitted that he “made her, kind of” perform a sex act on him. He said he guessed he should’ve stopped after she said no. He said he’d apologize. Chytracek is charged with 1 felony count of 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct with coercion and 1 gross misdemeanor count of 5th degree non-consensual sexual contact. He posted bail this afternoon.
An objection holds Public Hearing on 6th street open
A Public hearing on 6th street reconstruction assessments remains open. An objection was filed by one resident. Mary Nelson says she’s being unfairly assessed. She lives in a duplex. Her side is fronted on 6th street while her neighbor in the corner unit is on 6th and Nevada. When figuring assessments for a corner lot, the short side is assessed at 100% short side while the long side is at 10%. Mayor Graham said the formula doesn’t work in every situation. In this one, Nelson is being hit with $2200 more in assessments than her neighbor. A motion was made by Ludescher that would have Nelson pay the same as her neighbor, $3900. Peterson White said that the formula was applied “accurately and correctly”. DeLong said that it doesn’t have to apply to every situation and the City Council has the power to make it correct. Ludescher’s motion failed 4 to 3. Another motion was made to hold the public hearing open and get further related information from staff. Of the approximately 66 property owners assessed, Nelson was the only one who objected. The vote to approve the assessments is scheduled for May 6th. They will hold the public hearing open until then.
Library Teen Board wants your junk
Spring cleaning is here whether we have the weather for it or not. Citywide cleanup days will be Saturday May 3rd and 10th. The Library Teen Board will at at the City Maintenance garage “filtering” donations for possible inclusion in their annual “Goods for Good” garage sale. Save your special, gently used junk for donation! The proceeds will be used for the teen summer reading program and other Teen Advisory Board events. The “Goods for Good” garage sale will be May 24th.
Volunteers honored at NHS
The Northfield Historical Society will celebrate the spirit of volunteerism tonight and honor two outstanding volunteers tonight during Volunteer Night beginning at 6:30 pm at the society’s downtown location (408 Division Street). The event is free and open to the public. The two Volunteers of the Year who will be recognized are former board member Judy Sosted and Erin Hahn, a junior at Northfield High School. And there will be cake.
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ZONING COMMISSION AGENDA
1) Call to Order and Approval of Agenda
2) Approve Minutes:
3) Action Items:
a) Public Hearing – Variance – 502 First Street West
b) Public Hearing – Variance – 307 South Plum Street
c) Public Hearing – Variance – Hills of Spring Creek 6th Addition
4) Other – None
PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA
1) Call to Order and Approval of Agenda
2) Approval of Minutes
a) March 20th Planning Commission Meeting
3) Unfinished Business Items – NONE
4) New Business Items
a) Hills of Spring Creek 6th Addition
b) Meadows Park RFP
5) Reports and Discussion Items
a) Commissioner Comments and Reports
b) Staff Updates and Reports
c) Comments from the Chair
d) Projected Future Planning Commission Meeting Schedule
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Band Of Horses/The First Song
Mark Mulcahy/I Woke Up In The Mayflower
Damien Jurado/Nothing Is The News
Nico/The Fairest Of The Seasons
The Smiths/Bigmouth Strikes Again
The Fleshtones/First Date
The Doughboys/I’m Not Your Man
The Kinks/Everybody’s Gonna Be Happy
Matthew Sweet/She Walks The Night
Squeeze/Pulling Mussels (From The Shell)
Fitz & The Tantrums/MoneyGrabber
Dessa/The Man I Knew
Best Coast/The Only Place
The Stone Roses/I Wanna Be Adored
The Divine Comedy/Tonight We Fly
Marshall Crenshaw/You’re My Favorite Waste Of Time
After the news, area funeral announcements, and the weather forecast
MeShell Ndegeocello/Picture Show
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings/I Learned The Hard Way
Mayer Hawthorne/The Walk
Ray LaMontagne/Three More Days
Phosphorescent/Terror In The Canyons (The Wounded Master)
The Shins/New Slang
The English Beat/Sole Salvation
Har Mar Superstar/Back The Camel Up
Tegan & Sara/The Cure
The Pretenders/Back On The Chain Gang
World Party/Til I Got You
Cocteau Twins/Wolf In The Breast
Spoon/The Delicate Place
The Jam/In The City
By Teri Knight
The Arts and Culture Commission was asked to dress up City Hall. Chair Philip Spensley presented their ideas to the Council a few weeks ago. The project was more ambitious than Councilors anticipated with a price tag, at that time, estimated at $14,000 and an option for the City to purchase art yearly for another $5,000. They were asked to come back to council after tweaking their plan. Library director and ACC liaison, Theresa Jenson told council that there was a mistake in the first budget. The installation price for the lighting was not factored in. The total one time cost for the secured and well lit installation of the donated Art would be $20,590. Chair of the ACC Philip Spensley said the art community is very excited to share their pieces but they need to be secure, “this is their livelihood”. He added that to put something there that you can’t really see isn’t helpful to the Artist or the Public. Mayor Graham and Councilors DeLong and Ludescher wanted to see if there was grant money for the project but Spensley said that had been looked into and because it’s City Hall and not a non-profit, that’s unlikely. The 4 women were in favor of going ahead but Councilor Pownell added an amendment that would have the ACC search out private money and possible grants. With the amendment the vote was approved 5 to 2. DeLong and Ludescher voting no. The project will move forward regardless of whether other money is found.
By Teri Knight
Approval of plans and authorization bids for a Swale at Meadows Park took less than ten minutes to get the go-ahead from Council last night. Resident and representative of the Friends of the Meadows Owners, Jason Moleski thanked Councilor DeLong and Public Works Director Joe Stapf for listening to their concerns.
Nine neighbors have dealt with flooding issues since the original developer did not complete the project. The cost of the project is $59,000 including landscaping. The vote was unanimous. Another unanimous vote was to approve plans and authorize Bids to repair 250 feet of the East Cannon River Wall.
As the water travels further north it slows down so there’s less turbulence. They are monitoring the rest of the wall however. This will cost an estimated $220,000 with engineering fees. The meeting and Mayor Graham’s interview are online at kymnradio.net.
Consumer Advisory – From the Office of Rice County Attorney G Paul Beaumaster
Remember my consumer advisory back in February? I shared the best way to keep online information safe and secure is to make sure you are using a secure website. At that time I said a secure site will show a padlock icon and the address field will have “https” (the “s” means secure). Well, that was February and now, thanks to a computer bug called the Heartbleed bug, “S” may not be an indicator of security.
The Heartbleed bug has caused anxiety for people and businesses because it is affecting websites as well as networking equipment including routers, switches and firewalls. The extent of the damage caused by the Heartbleed bug is unknown. And unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do to protect yourself completely until affected websites implement a security fix. This involves a two-step process by the website and then you will need to update your password for that website(s).
Most major sites, such as Google or Yahoo, will inform you when the fix has been implemented so that you can update your password.
Here are three things you can do to reduce the threat:
- First, determine if the websites you’re surfing have been affected and/or updated. There are a number of sites that provide a way to check another site’s vulnerability, such as Lastpass.com, Cnet.com and Mashable.com. These sites are continuously updating which websites are now secure so that you may then update your password(s) to be safe from the Heartbleed bug. Or go to the home page of your bank or website in question and see if they have provided any updates about the Heartbleed bug.
- Change your password(s). Once a website in question has put in place the required security patches, update your password(s) immediately.
- When you change your passwords make them long and strong and make each password unique to each website. (Unless you have a better memory than mine, try LastPass, it’s a terrific password manager)
- Check the website of the company that made your home router to see if it has announced any problems. Also be diligent about downloading and installing any software updates you may receive.
Need help or have a question?
Rice County Attorney’s Office 507-332-5934
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Pat McLaughlin/In The Mood
Pete Droge/Two-Steppin’ Monkey
John Hiatt/Drive South
John Doe/Dyin’ To Get Home
Allman Brothers/Blue Sky
The Vees/Did It Mean Anything To You
Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys/Hi-Billy Music
Cap’n Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters/Shrimp Shack
Dwight Yoakam/Try Not To Look So Pretty
Ricky Nelson/Shirley Lee
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss/Fortune Teller
After the news, area funeral announcements, and the weather forecast
Roy Clark/Alabama Jubilee (Happy birthday to a “Hee Haw” great!)
Dave Edmunds/Almost Saturday night (also celebrating his *special* day today — Happy birthday, Dave!)
Imelda May/Bury My Troubles
Valerie June/Shotgun (just announced — opening day two of The Current’s ‘Rock The Garden’ concert June 22 at the Walker Art Center)
Justin Townes Earle/Halfway To Jackson
The Union Suits/Do Things
Lucinda Williams/I Just Wanted To See You So Bad
The Mavericks/All That Heaven Will Allow
Buddy Holly/It Doesn’t Matter Anymore
The Everly Brothers/I’m Movin’ On
JD McPherson/I Can’t Complain
Stray Cats/Runaway Boys
The Cactus Blossoms/Crazy Arms
Bernie King & The Guilty Pleasures/Friend Of Misery
Hooray For The Riff Raff/Crash On The Highway
By Teri Knight
The Northfield Senior Center is holding a Senior Health Fair tomorrow. Nearly 3 dozen vendors will be on hand sharing information about housing and healthcare. They’ll have health and vision screenings, fitness assessments and more. It will be held between 1pm and 4pm tomorrow (Wednesday). The Northfield Senior Center offers an athletic facility, an 89 degree pool and a wide variety of activities for active people over 50.
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____Graham ____DeLong ____Ludescher ____Nakasian ____Peterson White ____ Pownell ____Zweifel
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
REPORTS FROM THE MAYOR AND COUNCILMEMBERS
Public Comments: Persons commenting on consent agenda items only may use this opportunity to speak. Speakers must identify themselves by providing their name and address and completing a comment card. Comments are limited to two (2)minutes (not including interpreter’s time). Agenda items below are approved by one motion unless a Council member requests separate action. All items approved by majority vote unless noted.
1. Motion – Review of City Disbursements
2. Motion – Receive and File Green Steps Update
3. Motion – Carleton College Intern Agreement – Green Step Cities
4. Items Related to Taste of Northfield
a. Motion – Approve In Kind Grant Award for Taste of Northfield Event
b. Motion – Approve License agreement with Northfield Downtown Development Corporation
for Taste of Northfield Event
5. Motion – Approve Northfield Soccer Association Concession License
6. Motion – Approve Northfield Senior Citizens Concession License
7. Motion – Approve 2014 Elko Raceway Contract
8. Motion – Approve RFP for Utility Rate Study – MOVED to regular agenda
9. Motion – Approve Purchase of Mower for Public Works
10. Motion – Approve City Hall Art Project Expenses – MOVED to regular agenda
OPEN PUBLIC COMMENTS
Persons may take one opportunity to address the council for two (2) minutes on any topic, even if on the agenda (not including interpreter’s time), with the condition that they may not speak on the same item later in the meeting. No notification of the mayor is required. However, speakers are asked to complete a comment card. Persons wanting a response to a question must submit the question in writing to the recording secretary. Questions must include name, address and phone number.
PUBLIC HEARINGS AND RELATED ACTION
The public will have the opportunity to speak for or against the issue for a maximum of two (2) minutes per item. The Chair will recognize speaker at podium and conversation will be between Chair and speaker. Persons must give their name, address, and if representing a business, must give the name of the business or corporation. If an attorney or consultant is representing a client, the client must be identified for the record. Citizens who have material to be handed out shall provide a minimum of 12 copies of the material to the City Administrator. The City Administrator will then pass the information to the appropriate people.
11. Public Hearing on Assessments for Sixth Street Reconstruction Project
12. Public Hearing on Assessments for Street Reclamation Project
Please submit name and address to the recording secretary before the meeting or prior to the start of the regular agenda. The Mayor will ask you to speak after the staff report on the item. Please be respectful of the public’s and the council’s time. Members of the public wishing to speak must adhere to the following guidelines:
Speak only once for no more than two (2) minutes (not including interpreter’s time) on the topic unless the speaker is addressed by the council; Identify your relationship to the topic (interested citizens included); Have a spokesperson or two for your group to present your comments.
Video streaming by Ustream13. Resolution 2014-039 – Order Feasibility Report Riverview Drive Reclamation Project
14. Motion- Approve Plans and Authorize Bids for Swale at Meadows Park
15. Motion – Approve Plans, Authorize Bids and Approve Application for DNR Permit for East
Cannon River Wall Repair
16. Motion – Approve Building Management Agreement with NCRC Corp
Tentative Council Agenda List
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By Teri Knight
The Northfield City Council will get a tour of the new police facility tonight before their Council meeting at7 o’clock. There will be 2 public hearings on assessments for 6th street reconstruction and Street reclamation projects. On the regular agenda is an item to approve plans and authorize bids for the proposed Interceptor Swale at Meadows Park. The Swale is intended to intercept surface water runoff and redirect it away from homes. The estimated cost is between $46 and $59,000 depending on whether landscaping is factored in. This is one of the immediate action items Council voted previously to initiate to help stem the flooding issue at Fargaze. The meeting will be streamed live online at kymnradio.net. Northfield City staff have created a new flood mitigation/education video and developed an emergency preparedness resource page under the Public Safety section of their website. The emergency preparedness resource page will be updated to provide resources for seasonal changes in the Northfield community. http://ci.northfield.mn.us/mediacenter.aspx?VID=35
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By Teri Knight
The Anti-bullying bill as presented by the House last year was not a welcome bill to most School districts. After some major changes, the Bill formally known as the Safe and Secure Schools Act was signed into law last week. Superintendent Chris Richardson said the Senate was willing to listen to concerns and rewrote the bullying definition. Parts of it were taken from Northfield’s policy which defines bullying as “repeated incidents with an obvious imbalance of power”. The 3rd portion of the bill adds that any cyber-bullying has to have an impact on the child at school before the school gets involved. They modified the training requirements, investigation time and framed it so the school district retains the data rather than having to report everything to the State. Richardson says they’re feeling “more comfortable with the final format” of the bill. He had been vocal in his opposition to the original bill. There’s also a clear delineation of home and school responsibility.
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By Teri Knight
The Dundas City Council last night formally approved the new Fire JPA and appointed Mayor Glenn Switzer to the 8 member Board. He’ll represent Dundas. The 7 townships will be represented by Rural Fire. McCarthy says they’ll meet this week for formal approval and appoint 2 members. Northfield approved the formation of the Northfield Area Fire and Rescue Services 2 weeks ago and are in the process of taking applications for 5 representatives to the Board. The new JPA will take over Fire Services September 1st.
Dundas Council will begin reviewing their code of ordinances. City Administrator John McCarthy said they’re going through the time-consuming task to ensure the codes are up-to-date, understandable and functional. It’s something that needs to be done periodically.
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