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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.


Cannon Valley Place closure

Cannon Valley Place between Falk Avenue and Lincoln Parkway will be closed beginning Tuesday, May 5, 2020 due to maintenance work on the exiting storm sewer system near the Cannon Valley Place and Lincoln Parkway intersection.

A detour will be posted utilizing Falk Avenue, North Avenue and Cannon Valley Drive detouring traffic around the work area. In addition, a lane shift will be in place in the Cannon Valley Place and Lincoln Parkway intersection for motorists using Lincoln Parkway. Crews expect the closure to be complete by May 15, 2020.


Spring Creek Bridge Replacement Project resumes

Spring Creek Bridge detour

Spring Creek Road will be closed starting Thursday, April 30, 2020 as construction on the Spring Creek Bridge Replacement Project, started in the fall of 2019 is scheduled to resume. Spring Creek Road will be closed at the Spring Creek crossing to allow the remaining bridge replacement work to be completed.

During construction, a detour will be posted utilizing Jefferson Parkway, Prairies Street, and Woodley Street detouring traffic around the bridge replacement work area. The detour is expected to be in place until mid-May.


Maple Street closed Tuesday, April 28

Maple Street closure map and detour

Maple Street between Sibley Drive and Meadow View Drive will be closed Tuesday, April 28, 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. 


It’s on! Northfield issues 2020 Census Response Rate Challenge to Dundas

The Northfield City Council agreed to a friendly wager against Dundas to see which city has the highest response rate for the 2020 Census.

The cities agreed, if Northfield wins, the Dundas Dog Park will be renamed “Northfield Dog Park” and if Dundas wins, Bridge Square will be renamed “Dundas Square” for one month.

The winner will be determined by the response rate listed on the 2020 Census website on May 15.


Sign up for yard waste curbside pickup service

The City of Northfield with its refuse hauling partner Dick’s Sanitation (DSI), is pleased to continuing offering yard waste curbside pickup and encourages more residents to sign up for the service.

The pickup services runs from April to November with the first pickup on April 13. Residents choose from two collection cart size options, 64-gallon and 96-gallon. Yard waste is collected weekly on Monday. The weekly yard waste collection service is $7.50 per month for a total of $90 per year.


Severe Weather Awareness Week is April 13-17

The week of April 13-17 is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Minnesota. This week is intended to remind everyone about the severe weather threats present in Minnesota. This is also an excellent time to practice your emergency plan, or create one if you don’t have one already and to build or refresh your emergency preparedness kits. 


Seven poems picked for imprint in 2020 Sidewalk Poetry Competition

The Northfield Arts and Culture Commission (ACC), in partnership with the Friends and Foundation of the Library, is pleased to announce seven winners in the 2020 Sidewalk Poetry Competition: DEJA TU HUELLA / MAKE YOUR MARK. Chosen from among 57 poems submitted for judging, seven poems were selected for imprinting in city sidewalks.

Beginning in the spring and continuing through the summer, poems will be installed in city sidewalks, as weather permits. The winning poems will also be on display at the Northfield Public Library and City Hall (when permissible), posted on the Friends and Foundation of the Library and City of Northfield websites, and shared with local media.


Fifth Street closed April 9 and 10

Fifth Street closure map

Fifth Street between Division Street and Washington Street will be closed Thursday, April 9, 2020 and Friday, April 10, 2020 due to work related to the Fifth Street Lofts project currently under construction in the 100 block of East Fifth Street.   

A detour will be posted utilizing Division Street, Fourth Street, and Washington Street detouring traffic around the work area. 


Sign up for TH 246 and Jefferson Parkway Roundabout Project updates

With construction on the TH 246 and Jefferson Parkway Roundabout project beginning soon, the City of Northfield is encouraging residents to subscribe to construction updates by visiting the Notify Me page and choosing “TH 246 and Jefferson Parkway Roundabout” from the list of available topics. Instructions on signing up for either email or text updates are at the top of the page.


The Compost Site on Armstrong Road opens Wednesday, April 8

The Compost Site located at 1801 Armstrong Road will open Wednesday, April 8.  Regular hours are as follows:

Monday, closed
Tuesday – Friday, 2p.m. – 7 p.m. (or sunset)
Saturday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (or sunset)
Sunday, noon – 5 p.m. (or sunset) 

The Compost Site will be closed Sunday, April 12.

If sunset occurs before the closing time, the site will close due to darkness. The compost site does not have lights.

More information about the compost site can be found on the city’s website:  ci.northfield.mn.us/compost


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