Online Discussions

CAP presents to PRAB; discussion continues on ISSUES list

cappowerpointthumb.gifThe dog park proponent group, Canines at Play (CAP) made a presentation to Northfield's Park and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) on Tuesday. CAP member Rick Estenson sent me this PowerPoint of their presentation. I've converted it to a PDF (4 meg).

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Q-Block and one vs. two-story structures

Last Saturday, my wife Robbie and drove through Hastings and I noticed the new Schoolhouse Square development on Hwy. 61 in the center of town. Click photos to enlarge.

The feasibility of this type of development was a discussion item at last month's EDA forum on the Q-Block development. The consultant expressed doubts that the market would support a two-story structure like this on the Q-Block site. Thus, the PDFs of the short-, mid-, and long-term Preferred Development Alternative sketches for the Q-Block available on the EDA Q-Block Master Plan page show a one-plus story building there ("commercial infill" in red).

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ISSUES list hot topics: Q-Comp defeat; swimming pool; library expansion

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The expansion of the library, the municipal swimming pool, and the Northfield teachers' defeat of the Q-Comp (Quality Compensation for Teachers) proposal are the topics of the week on the ISSUES list.

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Q-Comp discussion on the ISSUES list

Northfield.org's ISSUES discussion list is open for discussion of any community-related civic issue.

davidbly96w.jpg dianecirksena129w.jpgA new topic of discussion (see the archives for a glimpse) has focused on Q-Comp, David Bly, a blogger and a Northfield teacher who helped draft the school district's plan, and Diane Cirksena, Northfield School Board member and blogger, are participating.

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Items of discussion: dumpster and rink lights


Left: Some people think that the hockey rink lights on Hwy 3 at Woodley are aimed improperly... making it difficult for southbound drivers to see. Right: others are wondering why the dumpster in front of Las Delicias is still there, unused and taking up a couple of parking spaces for past couple of weeks. Click photos for larger views.

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ISSUES list topics of the week: Dog park, snow removal

dogs.GIFThe ISSUES discussion list is open for discussion of any community-related civic issue.

Recent topics of discussion (see the archives for a glimpse) has focused on the pros and cons of a dog park for Northfield as well as snow removal from sidewalks.

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There are 149 area citizens currently on the list. The discussion is moderated, i.e., all comments are reviewed before allowing them to be posted to the list. See the guidelines for participation.


ISSUES list topic of the week: New policy on Guest Columns at the Northfield News

The ISSUES discussion list is open for discussion of any community-related civic issue.

Recent topic of discussion (see the archives for a glimpse) has focused on the new policy on Guest Columns at the Northfield News. Discussion participants include Anne Bretts, Daniel Dimick, Jane McWilliams, Carol Overland, Bright Spencer, John Thomas, and Warren Ringlien.

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There are 145 area citizens currently on the list. The discussion is moderated, i.e., all comments are reviewed before allowing them to be posted to the list. See the guidelines for participation.


ISSUES list topics of the week: Wal-Mart; Katrina evacuees

The ISSUES discussion list is open for discussion of any community-related civic issue. Recent topics of discussion (see the archives for a glimpse:

  • Can/will/should Northfield take Katrina evacuees?
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  • Wal-Mart considers Northfield
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ISSUES list topics of the week

The ISSUES discussion list is open for discussion of any community-related civic issue. Recent topics of discussion (see the archives for a glimpse:

  • Tonight's City Council/Hospital Board work session (7 pm at City Hall); restructuring study
  • EDA hires consulting firm for $80k
  • Draft recommendations for city website

There are 131 area citizens currently on the list.

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Draft of recommendations/research for city website

draftwebthumbw100.gifThe City of Northfield has put up a draft of the 132 page website redesign Research and Recommendations document (pdf) on its website.

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Does an Art Town need an Art Town Coordinator?

The July 9th edition of the Northfield News has an article by Adam Johnson titled "Taking Northfield arts to the next level." He reported on last Thursday's meeting at the library where a group of community leaders and arts representatives met to discuss the need for an Arts Town coordinator who "would manage the efforts of the town's various organizations in the hopes of developing and maintaining a high-profile, well-organized 'arts town.'"

rossvbloginterview100w.gifNDDC's Ross Currier posted to his blog earlier today about the Thursday meeting (Community Resources and the Pursuit of the Art Town), disagreeing with this approach and inviting people to discuss its pros and cons on the Northfield.org ISSUES List: Does an Art Town need an Art Town Coordinator?

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What do these organizations have in common?

They're all related to one of the hot topics of discussion on the ISSUES list this week. See the web-based ISSUES list archives if you'd like to sample the discussion before joining.

There continues to be comments added to this blog post, too:
Council approves Froggy Bottoms request for River Walk seating


ISSUES list topics of the week

The ISSUES discussion list is open for discussion of any community-related civic issue.

New topics in the past week:

* Barrientos family/MNDOT
* Downtown taxes
* Inclusiveness/cultural diversity
* Empowering the arts

Local citizens and community leaders who've been participating (civic bloggers are linked):

Jean Boardman, Betsey Buckheit, Holly Cairns, Ray Cox, Ross Currier, Ron Griffith, Julie Hays, Bruce Morlan, Carol Overland, Anthony Pierre, Mary Rossing, Pete Sandberg, Mary Savina, Scott Schumacher, Victor Summa, Ken Wedding, Griff Wigley, Steve Wilmot.

There are 107 area citizens currently on the list.

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Hwy 3 intersections - PDF sketches, photos

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This is the intersection of Hwy 3 and 3rd St. (facing east) that's been the focus of discussion on the ISSUES discussion list the past two weeks.

Here are PDF sketches of Hwy 3 at various intersections, courtesy of Heidi Hamilton, city engineer.

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To see larger photos of both the 3rd St and 2nd St intersections with Hwy 3, click "continue reading."


ISSUES list discussion: Downtown footbridge over Hwy 3

The ISSUES discussion list is open for discussion of any community-related civic issue.

New topic in the past week:

- Downtown footbridge over Hwy 3

Some contributors to the discussion:

Adam Gurno
Alexander Beeby
Betsey Buckheit
Bob Courchaine
Carol Overland
Chip Cuccio
Dan Bergeson
Doug Bratland
Fred Stanley
George Kinney
Gloria Krusemeyer
Jane McWilliams
John Thomas
Kathleen Doran-Norton
Leota Goodney
Norman Butler
Ray Cox
Robert Brown
Ross Currier
Warren Ringlien

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