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Items related to the running of Northfield

City offices gradually reopen to the public

City staff has been working behind the scenes to provide services and now city offices will gradually reopen to the public.

The DMV is open to the public and providing full services. The Police Department lobby is also open to the public.

On May 26, the Northfield Public Library and the Engineering Department within City Hall will open to the public. Building Inspections staff located in the Community Development Department will provide building and permitting services between 8 and 10 a.m. Monday through Friday.


Shred It Right: a paper shredding and recycling event

Saturday, June 6, 9 a.m. to noon

Residents can get rid of old documents and clutter in an environmentally friendly way during the free Shred It Right event on Saturday, June 6 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Maintenance Facility, 1710 Riverview Drive.

The event will maintain physical distancing practices with a no contact drop-off. Residents should bring old bank documents, contracts, or any other paper that need shredding in paper bags or boxes that can be removed from the car by event staff. Residents dropping off paper will stay in their vehicles.

Shredded paper is not recyclable in curbside pickup, but residents can bring paper to be shredded to this event where it will be recycled.

This event is for residents only, documents from businesses will not be accepted.

This event is part of the City of Northfield’s strategic goal to reduce climate change impact and to make the community more resilient and sustainable.


City prepares for restaurant and bar reopening

City departments are working together and identifying opportunities under the executive orders and state guidelines to support restaurants and bars and their outdoor service areas where possible.

The City recognizes some restaurants and bars have outdoor space on their properties that may be used for take-out drive-up lanes or customer seating and some are located in areas where that is not a viable option.


Northfield launches Renewable Energy Challenge

Northfield residents can help the City achieve the goals of its Climate Action Plan.

On Earth Day, the City of Northfield and Northfield’s Energy Action Team launched a Renewable Energy Challenge. The City is challenging Northfield households to support clean energy by covering 100% of their electricity use with wind or solar. Households can do this through a local community solar garden, through Xcel Energy’s Windsource® program, or by starting the process of installing on-site solar. By entering the challenge, Northfield residents will be supporting renewable energy sources like wind and solar, which can reduce carbon emissions.

The City set a goal of adding 100 new households subscribing 100% of their electricity use to renewable sources by June 15. Everyone who joins the Renewable Energy Challenge will be recognized on the city’s website as a Northfield Clean Energy Supporter.


City of Northfield provides additional guidelines for candidate filing for the 2020 election

The filing period for City offices begins at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19 and ends at 5 p.m., Tuesday, June 2, 2020. City offices on the ballot for 2020 include: Mayor, Council Member At-Large, Council Member Second Ward, and Council Member Third Ward.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to present unprecedented and evolving challenges not only to our State, but to our City operations. To meet the current requirements in the Governor’s Executive Orders and to provide for the safety and welfare of our staff and for candidates, the following changes are being made to the filing process:


City of Northfield provides additional guidelines for candidate filing for the 2020 election

The filing period for City offices begins at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19 and ends at 5 p.m., Tuesday, June 2, 2020. City offices on the ballot for 2020 include: Mayor, Council Member At-Large, Council Member Second Ward, and Council Member Third Ward.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to present unprecedented and evolving challenges not only to our State, but to our City operations. To meet the current requirements in the Governor’s Executive Orders and to provide for the safety and welfare of our staff and for candidates, the following changes are being made to the filing process:


Northfield - Dundas Census Challenge

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Follow this link to the Census Challenge video!  

https://youtu.be/j9m8S5mc1NE


Jefferson Parkway temporary closure May 12 – 14

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Jefferson Parkway between the east Bridgewater School entrance and TH 246 will be closed Tuesday, May 12 through Thursday, May 14, 2020 due to small utility relocations related to the TH 246 and Jefferson Parkway Roundabout Project. This will be a temporary closure as crews expect to have the work completed and Jefferson Parkway back open for traffic by late Thursday, May 14, 2020. 

A detour will be posted utilizing Jefferson Road, Woodley Street, and Division Street (Th 246) detouring traffic around the work area.


Northfield City Council waives utilities late fees

At their May 5, 2020 meeting, the Northfield City Council unanimously approved a resolution to temporarily waive late fees on utility bills. The waiver will provide financial relief to Northfield residents and businesses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 “We know that many businesses and individuals are being substantially impacted financially by the important community mitigation strategies of COVID-19 and that a suspension of fees may be helpful as they navigate these challenges,” said Brenda Angelstad, City of Northfield’s finance director.


City of Northfield pro-rates refunds for on-sale liquor license fees for 32 licensees

At their May 5, 2020 meeting, the Northfield City Council unanimously approved proration of refunds for on-sale liquor licenses.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Minnesota Governor Walz has issued several needed executive orders that have impacted businesses. In recognition of these impacts, staff has been researching potential pro-rated refunds for liquor license fees. Liquor license fees are meant to pay for license issuance, inspection, monitoring compliance (insurance, training, etc.), enforcement, and compliance checks of the licensee.


Northfield HRA approves grant for emergency housing assistance

On April 28, the Northfield Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) approved the use of $53,600 from its reserve funds to grant to the Northfield Community Action Center (CAC) for emergency housing assistance within the Northfield community. This assistance will help residents who may be impacted by the pandemic and experiencing economic hardship. The CAC is committed to setting aside $100,000 from its own funds first, which are mostly made up of local donations from individuals and businesses in the community, and will tap into the HRA grant funds once their own funds are depleted.


Maple Street closed May 6 and 7

Maple Street between Sibley Drive and Meadow View Drive will be closed Wednesday, May 6 and Thursday, May 7, 2020 due to work related to the Sibley Elementary School Addition and Renovations Project.

A detour will be posted utilizing Sibley Drive and Meadow View Drive detouring traffic around the work area.

The City of Northfield urges motorists to always drive with caution, slow down in work zones, and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.


Preseason pool sale postponed

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the sale of all preseason pool passes for Old Memorial Pool has been postponed. The original sales dates were May 4, 6, 9, 11, 13 and 16.

At this time, city staff is evaluating the situation and will share more information in the coming weeks. Residents should look for more information about Old Memorial Pool’s sales and operation on the city’s website and Northfield Arena & Pool Facebook page.


Notice of filing for the 2020 municipal election

Notice is hereby given that a general election will be held in Northfield on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, for the purpose of electing candidates for the offices listed.

Filing period

The filing period for these offices begins at 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 19, 2020 and ends at 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 2, 2020.  Note: City Hall will be closed Monday, May 25, 2020 in observance of Memorial Day.


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