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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.

Budget cuts: an opportunity for local government to deliver services WITH citizens. Social media can help.

@Ross Currier, my Locally Grown co-host, tweeted on Monday, “As citizens increasingly challenge politics as usual, is it no longer left vs. right, nor faith vs. reason, but individual vs. institution?”

Listen Participate TransformThen Steve Clift @democracy retweeted this from @72prufrocks today, a report titled Listen, Participate, Transform: A social media framework for local government from the UK-based Young Foundation. It’s part of their Local 2.0 project (see the Local 2.0 Blog here), funded by the Department of Communities and Local Government

The report’s emphasis on the importance of public officials building relationships with citizens, using social media in part, is encouraging and is the best writing I’ve seen thus far on the topic.

In Northfield, this is more than a little timely because:

  1. Significant budget cuts have to be made soon and the process is receiving some criticism
  2. Citizens are being asked to support a referendum for new police and fire facilities
  3. The Northfield City Council has a goal of improving communication with staff, citizen advisory groups and community

From the report’s introduction:

Continue reading Budget cuts: an opportunity for local government to deliver services WITH citizens. Social media can help.

City Administrator’s weekly memo for Friday June 4

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.

It’s the first Friday of the month, so this week’s memo (PDF) also includes the Boards & Commissions report (PDF) for May. I admit to colossal failure as this is the third consecutive month for which there is no report from the Planning Commission.  I think that’s been remedied for future, i.e. it will be handled by someone other than me.

You can find the Friday Memo and the Boards & Commissions report on the memo page for the week.

Items of note in the Friday Memo include:

  • A timeline for the Mayo Clinic project – annexation request, hearings, etc.
  • Acknowledgment that the downtown recycling cans are ugly
  • Great update on activities from the Housing department
  • Miscellaneous engineering & construction updates – Fourth street, trails, etc.

It’s a busy week at City Hall, including a City Council work session on Tuesday (which includes the next segment of the new LDC from the Planning Commission), and an open house (PDF) to review the preliminary draft of the new stormwater ordinance (more on that to follow in a separate post).

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

City Administrator’s weekly memo, Friday 5/28/10

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

This week’s memo includes:

  • Issuing notice of a public hearing on June 15 on capital improvement bonds and the capital improvement plan (CIP)  regarding the City’s “ intention to issue general obligation capital improvement plan bonds in an amount not to exceed $14,400,000.”
  • Info on how Northfield compares to some other cities in terms of levies and aid cuts.
  • Details about a joint public-private partnership for yet another  “community video” for Northfield, to be used… how? where? why? to what end?  I dunno, but let’s throw some money at it because it seemed like a good idea at the time, and apparently there’s no one on City staff who remembers the dismal result the last time the City tried something like this without more of a plan.
  • Updates on the Fourth Street improvement/infrastructure project.
  • Update and disclaimer from the IT department regarding the City_of_Nfld_PR account on Twitter.
  • News from the library about the summer reading program.

You can find the Friday Memo on the memo page for the week.

The schedule is a bit off this week since Monday is a holiday. There is a City Council meeting on Tuesday, and a Planning Commission work session on Wednesday (moved up from Thursday because the Commission is finalizing information for the Council meeting packet for the June 8 meeting and staff needed the extra day for prep).

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

Thanks to those of you who’ve responded by commenting on my previous posts about the Friday Memo. I’m back in the saddle with the weekly Friday Memo posts… at least for now. 🙂

Back by popular demand: City Administrator’s Friday Memo

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

This week’s memo includes:

  • Report on city officials’ attendance at the Dakota County Mayor/Managers Breakfast Meeting, at which consultant Mark Koegler for Hoisington Koegler Group, Inc (HKGi) gave a presentation on the Business and Industrial Park Master Planning process to inform regional partners about the project
  • An updated tentative meeting schedule for the Police and Fire Facility
  • Draft agenda for June City Council meetings

Also in the memo, a report that as of 11:00 a.m. this morning, four candidates have filed for office in the upcoming election:

Suzie Nakasian – Ward 1
Nathan Kuhlman – Ward 4
Jon Denison – Ward 4
Rhonda Pownell – At-Large

You can find the Friday Memo on the memo page for the week.

There is a City Council work session (including a joint session with the Planning Commission to discuss the next installment of the draft Land Development Code) this week.  You can view all upcoming City meetings on the City Calendar.

If you read this post, and/or click on any of the links within, would you do me the favor of a comment below just letting me know that you did so?  As I posted last week, I’m still undecided about how valuable these weekly posts are, and how many people read them. Thank you!

Does anybody read the Friday Memo on LoGroNo?

I’ve been doing weekly recaps of City Administrator Joel Walinkski’s Friday memo for forever. Actually it was Griff who started it.  We wanted to disseminate the information in the Friday Memo (a PDF link posted on the City website), highlighting items of note with the ability to link to other documents and materials.  Eventually the Northfield News and others began posting links to the Friday Memo, and recently the City started including hyperlinks in the memo PDF itself.

I’m wondering if Griff’s original idea has now outlived its usefulness. Since there are rarely any comments on the Friday Memo posts, I’m not sure we’re doing much of a service; not enough, that is, to justify the hassle factor (for me).  So I’d like to know, if I discontinue doing the Friday Memo posts, does anyone care?

I haven’t done the last two, and the only person I’ve heard from about it is Griff.  🙂   I’m happy to continue if our commentary is an added value, but if not, the information is available multiple places now. I’d like to know what you think.

City Adminstrator’s Friday Memo of April 23

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

This week’s memo includes:

  • updates on various administrative and infrastructure projects
  • board & commission vacancies/seeking applications
  • a flyer from Three Rivers Community Action promoting their 4/7 seminar about creating a healthy home (what you need to know about radon gas, lead, mold, etc.)

You can find the Friday Memo and attachments on the memo page for the week.

There are City Council and Planning Commission work sessions this week, as well as the EDA’s public open house on the Business Park planning process.

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