I’m not ready to argue that conducting a study is a bad idea. I’m questioning the process. It seems like the Council should be involved in a public discussion about an expenditure like this, especially one that’s likely to ruffle the feathers of local business owners. According to the Nfld News, City Administrator Joel Walinski said study was done to facilitate the conversation among local developers and hotel owners. Seems backwards to me.
Jim Gleason started site preparations this week for the new Northfield KFC in the development known as Bridgewater Commons, across from Target. (He reportedly had some other guys helping him.) According to a March article in the Nfld News, the restaurant’s owner is Gary Tiedeken of Faribault and will open sometime this fall.