Public Hearing on City Capital Improvement Plan (CIP)

northfield logoAt the Monday, June 2 city council meeting, there will be a public hearing on the city’s planning for capital projects. The presentation will concentrate on the 2008 and 2009 projects. As part of the council’s regular meeting, the hearing will be held in the council chambers at City Hall.

A committee of three council members and the mayor, as well as four staff members, has worked to balance capital needs with available resources to design a five-year-plan that will provide an orderly and affordable approach to meeting the capital needs. The plan ties in with the city’s long-range financial planning process and the City Council’s goals, and solicits broad community input as part of the annual review process. Included in the plan are facilities including the City Hall, Public Safety Center, and Library. Other components include city streets and infrastructure, utilities, and community enhancements such as the Ice Arena and Park Development and Facilities.

According to Finance Director Kathleen McBride, the hearing is a kick-off of a campaign to familiarize the public with the projects as well as the various financing options in order to solicit public response. In addition to Monday’s hearing, the city plans other public presentations. McBride said the CIP document will be available late Friday, May 20, on the city’s web site as an attachment to the City Council Agenda.