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City Hall Insider

Al RoderCity Administrator Al Roder prepares a detailed report of everything that goes on each week at City Hall. The report includes information from all departments, including the police activity report. You can see the latest version here.

You can head to the City Hall site to check out the complete city events calendar and find the agendas and other details for all meetings this week.

Monday
President's Day.
City Hall closed.

Tuesday
Community Outreach Task Force
. 5:30 p.m. City Hall
Charter Commission. 5:30 p.m. City Hall
Environmental Quality Commission. 7 p.m. City Hall
Library Board Meeting. 7:30 p.m. Northfield Public Library


This Week in the Northfield Forums - Post-Valentine's Day Edition

Valentine's Day has come and gone again, so one last Valentine's haiku for you, my love:

I post this for you
type type type type type type type
type type type type.  There!

I have also arranged a special solo performance, mon ami.  And now, to the forums! 

The New/Old/Possible City Liquor store sparked some interest this week:

John Thomas wrote:

A bigger store will have a large debt service, as well as an increased labor cost to staff and stock it. If the store is only making several hundred thousand dollars a year, it will take quite a while to pay back the note on a new building.

It just seems like there are more important things for the City Council to be working on. Selling more booze for profit is not going to save this community, or pay for its parks and pools.


Council could make decision on liquor store Monday

Barely a couple of weeks after a report laying out the options for replacing or keeping the municipal liquor store, the City Council has set a special meeting Monday to make a decision -- and discuss making an offer on a site.

This despite the fact that the report indicates that it's likely a new store won't generate more revenue, and after factoring in the cost of a new building, could actually reduce the annual revenue to the city.

According to the report, the liquor store now generates between $100,000 and $120,000 a year. New sites include three locations on the EconoFoods block, other locations on Division Street, the corner of Woodley and Hwy. 3, the Crossing and the Q block. The report also mentions keeping the store where it is.


New downtown signs planned: pick your favorites

OK, we usually don't run graphics this large. But I wanted you to see the cool options Neuger Communications has developed for use in coordinating a series of signs to be used to help people get around downtown and find all the great things there.

So, which one do you like?

That's the question Randy Jennings is going to be asking people around town the next few weeks. You can get a head start by casting your vote in the comment field below.

Randy made a presentation on the sign project to the NDDC forum Tuesday, and the city could be making a decision for them to start popping up this summer.  You can read the whole report here (PDF).


City Hall Insider

Al RoderCity Administrator Al Roder prepares a detailed report of everything that goes on each week at City Hall. The report includes information from all departments, including the police activity report. You can see the latest version here.

 

You can head to the City Hall site to check out the complete city events calendar and find the agendas and other details for all meetings this week.

Monday
City Council
, 7 p.m. City Hall.

Tuesday
Community Outreach Task Force
, 5 p.m. City Hall

Thursday
Library Long-Range Planning Committee
, 4:30 p.m. City Hall
Housing & Redevelopment Authority, 5 p.m. City Hall 
Human Rights Commission, 7 p.m. City Hall


City Hall Insider

Al Roder

 City Administrator Al Roder prepares a detailed report of everything that goes on each week at City Hall. The report includes information from all departments, including the police activity report. You can check out the latest version here.

You can head to the City Hall site to check out the complete city events calendar and find the agendas and other details for all meetings this week. This is the end of the month, so the meeting list is a short one:

Monday
City Council,
special work session on rental housing, 7 p.m. City Hall.
Mayor's Youth Council
, 7 p.m. City Hall.



City Hall Insider

Al Roder

 City Administrator Al Roder prepares a detailed report of everything that goes on each week at City Hall. You can check out the latest version here.

You can head to the City Hall site to check out the complete city events calendar and find the agendas and other details for all meetings this week. Here are the highlights:

Monday
City Council,
work session, 7 p.m. City Hall.

Tuesday
Planning Commission, 7 p.m. City Hall.

Wednesday
Elected Officials and staff roundtable,
7:30 p.m., City Hall.

Thursday
Economic Development Authority,
7:30 a.m. City Hall.
Hospital Board, 6:45 p.m. Northfield Hospital.


Snow Emergency for Tonight, Jan 22

Snow Emergency-20070122The Northfield Public Works Department has declared a Snow Emergency for tonight. You can download the full release by clicking on the thumbnail. It reads, in part:

The Public Works Department has declared a SNOW EMERGENCY for the City of Northfield. The snow emergency will start Monday 8:00 PM, January 23, 2007 and will continue until all streets are plowed curb-to-curb.

All downtown parking lots will be closed with the exception of the parking lot at 5
th and Washington. All downtown parking lot permit holders must park in this lot tonight January 23, 2007. The morning of Tuesday January 24, 2007 permit holders who normally park in the 5th Street lot should park in another downtown parking lot.

Downtown snow removal is scheduled for Tuesday morning January 23, 2007 at this time.

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT EVEN THOUGH THE WINTER PARKING BAN HAS EXPIRED, WHEN A SNOW EMERGENCY IS DECLARED YOU MAY NOT PARK ON A CITY STREET UNTIL IT IS PLOWED CURB TO CURB.

For updated information please call the Northfield parking hotline at 645-3080 or check the city’s web site at www.ci.northfield.mn.us

Thanks Captain Tim Halverson


This Week in the Northfield Blogosphere - Happy 105th Birthday, Basketball

January is a tough month for holidays.  I missed MLK Jr. Day, but that's probably too serious for inclusion in this column.  So, the 105th Anniversary of Basketball it is.

I'm not a big fan, but that's probably because I'm Minnesotan.  I think that this is a state holiday in Indiana, with lots of speeches, Hoosiers movie reenactments, and really short parades.  So here's to you, Dr. James Naismith, patron saint of tall people everywhere.


City Hall Insider

Al Roder

 City Administrator Al Roder prepares a detailed report of everything that goes on each week at City Hall. You can check out the latest version here.

The Martin Luther King Day holiday means City Hall is closed Monday and there are no meetings scheduled. The rest of the week is pretty light. You can head to the City Hall site to check out the complete city events calendar and find the agendas and other details for all meetings this week. Here are the highlights:

Tuesday
Charter Commission,
5:30 p.m. City Hall.
Environmental Quality Commission, 7 p.m. City Hall.
Library Board, 7:30  p.m. Northfield Public Library.

Thursday
Heritage Preservation Commission,
4:30 p.m. City Hall.


City Launches Website for Comp Plan Revision Process

Comp Plan WebsiteCity Staff and the members of the Northfield Planning Commission are pleased to announce the launch of a project website, www.NorthfieldPlan.org, which is designed to receive public comments and provide timely information on the process of revising our Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Regulations. The Comprehensive Plan is the visioning document used by elected and appointed officials to guide development and land use decisions in Northfield.

The City has retained ACP Visioning and Planning of Columbus, Ohio for the revision of the Comprehensive Plan. A kickoff meeting will be held at 7:00p on Tuesday, January 23, 2007, at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Planning Commission at City Hall. ACP will present the scope of work and discuss the public participation process with the Commission.


This Week in the Northfield Blogosphere - Baby, It's Cold Outside

We're back for another teeth-chattering, ear-freezing, car-not-starting edition of the 'Sphere. It's finally, finally cold enough for extended winter activities, which makes some of us rejoice and others grumble. Fortunately, reading is still an all-weather sport, so pour some hot chocolate on the keyboard and shut the world out for a while...

Bill Ostrem addresses the previous warm weather with a post about Paul Douglas and Global Warming...

Paul Douglas, the senior meteorologist at the WCCO television in the Twin Cities, continues to impress me with his scientific take on global warming. See his comments on last year’s weather and warming trends in his StarTribune weather column today

Fishing and Thinking in Minnesota stays tangentially on the topic by discussing ethanol, farming, and conversational snippets...


NCO Board to set plans for 2007

The board of Northfield Citizens Online, the group that runs this little website, will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at Carlson Capital Management.

We have a lot of good ideas for the year ahead, from environmental and health columns to online book clubs, in-person issues salons and and arts and authors sections. We will be prioritizing all the projects, setting timelines and lining up volunteers to help make them happen.

If you have ideas or comments, please send them our way and we'll add them to the mix!


Latino issues highlight events this week

The Northfield Human Rights Commission on Thursday will join what is shaping up to be a week of discussions of issues involving Latino concerns, but reaching throughout the community.

The commission, which meets at 7 p.m. at City Hall, is slated to discuss the recent closing of Las Delicias, a downtown restaurant. The owners, who are legal immigrants, are involved in a complicated landlord-tenant dispute. You can catch up on the background here.

The commission also will discuss a statement by the League of Minnesota Human Rights Commissions asking the federal government for an end to the sweeping raids conducted in December targeting undocumented workers in Minnesota. You can read the entire statement at the end of this article.

Earlier in the week, on Tuesday, the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation will use its monthly 8 a.m. forum at the Archer House to discuss the challenges facing owners of restaurants and other small businesses trying to succeed downtown. The discussion was sparked by the Las Delicias closing, but will address broader issues such as building costs, taxes, operating expenses, revenue potential and marketing  downtown. Read the details here.


Immigration raids spark work on city emergency plan

Federal raids in December targeting undocumented workers in Minnesota and across the country have sparked serious concerns in the area’s Latino community. Hundreds gathered in Worthington over the weekend to show support for families affected there. WCCO-TV has a complete list of stories related to the raids and their impact.

But the issue of emergency planning reaches beyond immigrant famlies. The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina showed how easy it is to lose important documents, bank accounts, cash, and most importantly, family members, in a crisis.

Now a group of Northfield leaders are working on plans that will help them — and everyone — deal with emergencies they hope they never encounter. Last Friday more than a dozen people, from the superintendent of schools and police chief to representatives of social agencies and churches met to take the first steps in creating a community emergency plan.


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