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City Hall Insider

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 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
6:15 p.m. - Northfield Fire Relief Association – Safety Center
7:00 p.m. - City Council, work session – City Hall


City appoints non-motorized transportation task force

I'm happy to say that the City of Northfield approved the nonmotorized transportation task force, which will exist for one year. The city council approved the resolution creating the task force (2007-051) on Monday, May 7, and the Park and Recreation Advisory Board approved 10 members the next evening. To see the text of the resolution, go to the city council packet for May 7, and see pages 23 and 24. The task force members include myself, Bruce Anderson, Anne Bretts, Kirsten Cahoon, Dan Kust, Neil Lutsky, Randy Perkins, John Stull, Richard Vanasek, and Peter Waskiw.

There is room for 5 more members on the task force, and letters can be sent to me or the Park Board, with appointment possible following the next Park Board meeting.

We will be sending out an email soon to set up the first task force meeting.


City Hall Insider

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 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
6:00 p.m. – City Council - Closed meeting to review financial proposals for proposed liquor store site – City Hall
7:00 p.m. - City Council – City Hall


N.org's Weekly Book Report for May 2, 2007

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We're running a little late this week here at N.org. For you see, we were on a business trip to Green Bay. Yes, that Green Bay. They're more than a little nuts over there - for instance, if you click here you can see the overhead lighting in a restaurant that we were eating in. While I know someone with a Vikings tattoo, I'm pretty sure that the number of people with Packer tats outnumber the number of Viking tattoos - and that's just if you count the children.

Also, I saw the bay and it totally wasn't green. I feel so cheated.

On with the lists!...


Next step in citywide planning process happens May 15

Editor's note: We received two posts about the Finterprints process, so we have combined them into this entry. Betsey Buckheit presents a summary, while Suzie Nakasian goes into more depth. Read on, and get involved. The next public meeting is May 15.

By Betsey Buckheit

...and the winner is: protecting open space and natural systems. 

 For the 250 people attending the public meeting of the Community Choices Workshop at the Armory on April 3, protecting open space and natural systems was ranked the highest out of 19 "How do we grow?" questions. "Creating places to live that have a stronger pedestrian environment, connections to convenient services, and conducive to multigenerational living" was a very close second. 

To know more:  

 

  1. Come to the follow-up Public Meeting, Tuesday, May 15, at the Armory.  Planning Commissioner Tracy Davis provides a tentative agenda.
  2. Take a look at the just released Draft report from the Community Choices Workshop meeting.  It's 80 pages long, but don't let the size scare you off.  The first 13 pages contain the consultants' analysis of their research with the remaining space taken up by PowerPoint presentation from the public meeting which, the maps which identifying strong/weak places and logs of meeting comments.

Here are some highlights from the report in addition to the public meeting results:


City Hall Insider

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 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.

This is the end of the month so there is just one scheduled meeting.

Monday
7:00 p.m. - Mayor's Youth Council Meeting – City Hall.


City Hall Insider

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 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.

 

Tuesday
4:00 p.m. - Grace Whittier Fund Committee – City Hall
5:30 p.m. - City Council Retreat Follow-Up - St. Olaf College Buntrock Commons– Room 143
6:00 p.m. - Joint Economic Development Authority/Planning Commission meeting – City Hall
7:00 p.m. - Zoning Board of Appeals – City Hall – Council Chambers

Thursday
7:30 a.m. - Economic Development Authority – City Hall – Council Chambers
4:00 p.m. - Library Long-Range Planning Committee – Northfield Public Library
5:00 p.m. – Housing and Redevelopment Authority special meeting – City Hall
6:45 p.m. - Hospital Board – Northfield Hospital


City Hall Insider

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 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
7:00 p.m.- City Council –
City Hall

Tuesday
4:00 p.m.- Library Board – Northfield Public Library
5:30 p.m. - Charter Commission –
City Hall
7:00 p.m. - Environmental Quality Commission –
City Hall

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


"Fingerprinting" process is just beginning

Editor's note: We thank Betsey Buckheit for her generous offer to follow the city's comprehensive planning process. This is the first of many reports she plans to file on this topic.

Were you at last week's big public forum about revising the Comprehensive Plan at the Armory? 

If so, you learned a bit about how Northfield has grown over the last decade and had a chance to give some input on the strongest and weakest aspects of the city. 

If not, it's not too late to get interested and involved in putting your fingerprints on Northfield's blueprints.  Get in or stay in the process by attending the follow up public meeting in May now being planned.

Meanwhile, be informed.  I'll be reporting on the Comprehensive Plan update and, more importantly, land development regulation rewrite for northfield.org.  My qualifications?  I chaired the Northfield Planning Commission from 2001-2005 (so I participated in the drafting and adoption of the 2001 Comp Plan), I blogged extensively about the Comp Plan on northfield.org in 2004-2005, and I still care that Northfield does a good job validating the Plan and, especially, updating its land use regulations to put the Plan into action. 


N.org Book Report, Week of April 11, 2007

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Since winter is here again, it's time to curl up by a nice fire place until the temperature hits 70 again. Which is probably next week. 'Cause it's April.


Step It Up! - Rally for the Planet slated Saturday

This Saturday, April 14, Northfield citizens will have the opportunity to tell Minnesota's legislature to "Step It Up" and take action on global warming. The
event is part of a nationally coordinated campaign to get state congresses to adopt a policy of cutting carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050. 

 

Attendees should come to Carleton College's stadium at 2 p.m. Saturday, wearing a green or blue shirt if possible. The rally will include information about global warming and what can be done about it, a speaker, and a creative demonstration (that's where the shirts come in).

Once everyone has assembled, event coordinators will lead attendees in forming a giant Earth with their bodies. Pictures of our "planet" will be made into postcards. These postcards, to be made available around Northfield, are an inventive and effective way to send a message to your representatives that you want them to "Step It Up" and take the fight against global warming to the next level.

All are welcome and encouraged to attend. The event is expected to last one hour. 


LWV annual meeting to include talk on city building needs

On Saturday, April 14 at 10 a.m., City Administrator Al Roder will speak at the Annual Meeting of the Northfield League of Women Voters. The title of his talk is “Northfield City Facilities: Current Needs and Looking to the Future.” He will discuss the report analyzing city space needs; the city council will be using this report to set priorities and plan building improvements for functions including police and fire departments, the library, and city hall.

The meeting will take place at Northfield United Methodist Church at 1401 South Maple Street. The annual business meeting of the League of Women Voters will start at 8:30 a.m..  Mr. Roder’s presentation will take place from 10 to 11 a.m.; the public is welcome to attend.


2007 Survey by Representative David Bly

Here's another chance to give your opinion, in a survey by Representative David Bly that's been released in PDF format.

See also:
Survey by Senator Tom Neuville

Minnesota District Finder

MN Representative David Bly, District 25B

The district finder can be used to check what MN Congressional district in which you currently reside. Mr. Bly is the State Representative for district 25B.


Iraq dominates Kline's town forum

Submitted by Bill McGrath

Wrapping their passion within their civility, peace activists of the Second Congressional District on Tuesday night broadened the horizons of Congressman John Kline as well as those of his supporters.

Of approximately 40 audience members who spoke during the 2-hour town forum, 10 questioned the wisdom of continuing the U.S. military presence in Iraq.

Kline, responding to tough questions, used his smooth command of facts and figures to assure critics that the nation continues to be on the right track in Iraq and elsewhere.

Altogether, about 400 citizens turned out for this unprecedented town forum. Held in Lakeville's South High School, the event occurred in response to persistent efforts by citizens who are skeptical of the Bush administration's approach to combating terrorism.

"I say the time has come for us to start withdrawing immediately from this misguided adventure," John Varone, a Chaska resident and member of Veterans for Peace, told the audience through one of the five roving cordless microphones.


Survey by Senator Tom Neuville

State Senator Tom Neuville, serving District 25, has just released a survey on his web site. There's only one very minor hitch:

"Unfortunately, I don’t have the software to allow for on-line responding. So, you will have to print out the survey and mail it to my Senate Office."

While an old-fashioned method of post, still an easy task to accomplish with a stamp, envelope, and a moist pen. The only two things easier are emailing or complaining about government officials while sitting in a recliner eating delicious Frito's Corn Chips.

Senator Neuville's address can be found on the printed survey or his web site, and also directly below this line:

Senator Thomas M. Neuville
123 State Office Building
100 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, Minnesota 55155-1206
Phone: (651) 296-1279


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