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City Administrator’s weekly Friday Memo of July 23

Joel-WalinskiThe “Friday Memo,” written by Northfield City Administrator Joel Walinski, department heads, and other City staff, summarizes the staff activities for the week. The Friday memos are published and archived in PDF form at the bottom of the City Administrator’s web page.

The Friday Memo information from the Library, Streets & Parks, and Recreation departments would be of interest to most citizens. This week’s memo (PDF) also includes

  • draft agenda items for August City Council sessions
  • first notice of Public Forum on Budget – August 23, 2010 (check it out!)
  • details on annual water testing

There is a City Council meeting on Tuesday.  You can view all upcoming City meetings on the City Calendar.

City Administrator’s weekly Friday Memo of July 16, 2010

At the Nutcracker Museum in Leavenworth, WA

The “Friday Memo,” written by Northfield City Administrator Joel Walinski, department heads, and other City staff, summarizes the staff activities for the week. The Friday memos are published and archived in PDF form at the bottom of the City Administrator’s web page.

The Friday Memo information from the Library, Streets & Parks, and Recreation departments in particular would be of interest to most citizens.

Nothing huge in this week’s memo (PDF), just updates on smaller projects and various meetings with regional entities (Dakota County, Bridgewater township).

Next week’s meeting schedule includes a joint work session on Monday between the Cities of Northfield and Dundas.  There’s a regular City Council meeting on Tuesday.

You can view all upcoming City meetings on the City Calendar.

City Administrator’s weekly Friday Memo of July 9, 2010

Joel-WalinskiThe “Friday Memo,” written by Northfield City Administrator Joel Walinski, department heads, and other City staff, summarizes the staff activities for the week. The Friday memos are published and archived in PDF form at the bottom of the City Administrator’s web page.

The Friday Memo information from the Library, Streets & Parks, and Recreation departments would be of interest to most citizens. This week’s memo (PDF) also includes the Boards & Commissions report (PDF) for June; you can find the Friday Memo and the Boards & Commissions report on the memo page for the week.

Items of note this week include:

  • No more eyesore! Maybe.  After the amended TIF note financing for the Crossing project closes this week, funds should be available for the City to begin planned site improvements and cleanup.
  • An update on the Highway 19 construction schedule and the link to the MnDOT project website.

There is a City Council work session on Tuesday (which includes the next segment of the new LDC from the Planning Commission), and the third open house (PDF) to review the draft of the new stormwater ordinance.

You can view all upcoming City meetings on the City Calendar.

NO City Administrator’s weekly memo July 2

Joel-WalinskiThe “Friday Memo,” written by Northfield City Administrator Joel Walinski, department heads, and other City employees, summarizes the staff activities for the week. The Friday memos are published and archived in PDF form at the bottom of the City Administrator’s web page.

No memo had been posted on the City website as of noon on Saturday; I don’t know why not. If one turns up I’ll amend this post.

NOTE: The library is closed today, tomorrow, and Monday. The municipal liquor store and City Hall offices are closed Monday. There are regular meetings on Tuesday and throughout the week; you can view all upcoming City meetings on the City Calendar.

City Administrator’s weekly memo of June 25, 2010

Joel-WalinskiThe “Friday Memo,” written by Northfield City Administrator Joel Walinski, department heads, and other City employees, summarizes the staff activities for the week. The Friday memos are published and archived in PDF form at the bottom of the City Administrator’s web page.

In addition to the regular department reports, this week’s memo (PDF) includes:

  • Information about absentee voting, which begins June 28.
  • Update on the annexation request in Bridgewater Township for Mayo Clinic, which will be heard by the City Council on Tuesday MORNING this week.
  • Update on the Safety Center Projects and the proposed meeting schedule for the Steering Committee and Design Team.
  • Update on the Surface Water Management Plan and timetable.
  • Lots of other smaller project updates

There is a special Council Meeting on Tuesday 6/29 at 7:30 AM. You can view all upcoming City meetings on the City Calendar.

Help with City Administrator’s Friday Memo of June 18

Joel-WalinskiI’m bogged down in a work project and have not been able to review the memo to do a decent post. Here are the links – can you help out your fellow citizens by highlighting items of note in the comments?  Thank you!

The “Friday Memo,” written by Northfield City Administrator Joel Walinski, department heads, and other City employees, summarizes the staff activities for the week. The Friday memos are published and archived in PDF form at the bottom of the City Administrator’s web page.

You can find this week’s memo (PDF) here, and find upcoming City meetings on the City Calendar.

City Administrator’s weekly memo of Friday, June 11

Joel-WalinskiThe “Friday Memo,” written by Northfield City Administrator Joel Walinski, department heads, and other City employees, summarizes the staff activities for the week. The Friday memos are published and archived in PDF form at the bottom of the City Administrator’s web page.

In addition to the regular department reports, this week’s memo (PDF) includes:

  • Information regarding preparation for the public hearing on CIP financing options at Tuesday’s City Council meeting (additional information now available on the City website)
  • Background details about the Planning Commission’s public hearing on Thursday regarding the 4.5-acre annexation request from the Mayo Clinic (Bridgewater township supervisors agree that this project would be beneficial for all, and they will sign a  joint resolution for orderly annexation).

You can view all upcoming City meetings on the City Calendar.

Save the date – public hearing on City finances (CIP bonds) 6/15

Rumor has it that there’s a public meeting on June 15, something to do with the City budget. As Kiffi pointed out, as of today there’s no information available on the City calendar, or anywhere on the website that I could find.

Having been reminded by Jane’s comment that the City Administrator’s Friday Memo of 5/28 indicated that noticed would be published in the Northfield News on the 29th, I searched for “public notice” on the NNews website and came up with this item (typo in date, given as “5-59-10”) about three-quarters of the way down the page:

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the City Council of the City of Northfield, Minnesota will meet on June 15, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the City Hall, 801 Washington, Street, Northfield, Minnesota, for the purpose of conducting a public hearing on (a) the intention to issue general obligation capital improvement plan bonds in an amount not to exceed $14,400,000 and (b) the proposal to adopt a capital improvement plan therefor. The proceeds of the bonds will be used to finance various capital improvements within the City pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 475.521.

All persons interested may appear and be heard at the time and place set forth above.

If a petition requesting a vote on the issuance of the bonds is signed by voters equal to 5 percent of the votes cast in the City in the last general election and is filed with the City within 30 days after the public hearing, the bonds may only be issued upon obtaining the approval of the majority of the voters voting on the question of issuing the bonds.

Individuals unable to attend the public hearing can make written comment by writing to Deb Little, City Clerk, City of Northfield, City Hall, 801 Washington Street, Northfield, Minnesota, 55057. Written comments must be received prior to the public hearing.

I’m glad that the Northfield News puts its public notices online; I hadn’t seen that before, so I was curious as to exactly where they get posted. After clicking around a bit I found it under Classifieds | Legals. If you want that information, the onus is on you to go to that page and check it a couple of times a week; no RSS feed or push notification for you!

Anyway, after finding the notice, I went back to the 5/28 Friday memo PDF, where we are told:

As part of the Council decision making progress on financing the facilities projects identified in the 2010 – 2014 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), the notice for the June 15th public hearing on the capital improvement bonds / capital improvement plan will appear in the Northfield News on Saturday. The ad states “the intention to issue general obligation capital improvement plan bonds in an amount not to exceed $14,400,000.”

Here is how the upper limit for the public safety facilities project was arrived at:

The land acquisition, site prep and construction cost figure was taken from KKE’s report to the Steering Committee last Tuesday and represents the highest cost option listed. A contingency of 8% was added – higher than the minimum recommended by the architect of 5%. Bond issuance costs were added along with capitalized interest. These are also estimated.

It is important to emphasize that the dollar amount stated in the public hearing notice is the maximum, not to exceed amount. The amount of any actual bonds issued in the future will be based upon actual costs / bid awards. It is also important to set the upper threshold high enough to ensure that all project costs are covered. It should also be noted this public hearing notification is required and a necessary step until the Council determines if the projects will be funded through CIP Bonding or hold a referendum on the project financing.

KYMN radio’s news update of May 26 says,

The Northfield city council affirmed its support of the Steering Committee’s recommendation that the Woodley site is preferred for a new fire facility. The council also affirmed the  three southern sites (Cowles, Gleason and Jasnoch) are preferred for a new police station. At its work session on Tuesday, the council discussed preliminary estimates of costs for the projects, with a high-cost range of around $10.6 million and a low-cost range of about $8.6 million. At last night’s meeting, Northfield Community Development Manager Brian O’ Connell said the process is still on track for the council’s June 15th deadline for deciding on a funding strategy for the buildings.

Among all the things that are not clear to me on this subject, one thing stands out: Where did the June 15 deadline come from? Is the Council going to make a decision about the bonds the same night as the public hearing? Inquiring minds want to know.