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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.

City Administrator Joel Walinski a finalist for job in Leavenworth, WA

Joel Walinski Media outlets in the state of Washington are reporting that City Administrator Joel Walinski is one of two finalists for an administrator’s job for the City of Leavenworth, WA.  (Some aren’t quite getting his current location right, for example, this report that locates Joel is currently employed in North Fields, Mont. This one, too, though it gets the state correct.)

More info on KYMN and Northfield News sites.

Recycling bins and newspaper vending racks: a project for the Streetscape Task Force?

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City Administrator Joel Walinski writes in the June 4 Friday Memo:

Downtown Recycling Cans, Oh! They’re so ugly! 20 temporary recycling containers were put in place Friday June 4, 2010 along Division Street. Street Supervisor TJ Heinricy has been working with Waste Management staff to develop a test-recycling program for the downtown area over the past several months.

Our interest is in the assessing the recycling waste stream and how much use there is or could be. This information will be used in the cost analysis and consideration of the return on investment for allocating future dollars on more permanent (eye-appealing) recycling containers in the downtown area.

Seems like downtown recycling bins and newspaper vending racks should be a project for the Streetscape Task Force.

Recycling bins, Montreal Missoula recycling bins  Flash Forward recycling bin, Toronto
Left: I like the ones used in Montreal near McGill University.
Center: the ones in Missoula, Montana aren’t bad
Right: even better are ones in Toronto that serve another purpose – Art:

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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. 🙂

Councilor Jon Denison’s Ward 4 meeting

Councilor Jon Denison’s Ward 4 meeting at Tyler ParkNorthfield City Councilor Jon Denison held a Ward 4 meeting on Saturday morning at 9 am in Tyler Park.  Over the course of the 90 minutes, 7 citizens attended. In addition, Councilor Kris Vohs was there at the beginning for 20 minutes or so. Councilor Rhonda Pownell came at about 9:30 and stayed till the end. City Administrator Joel Walinski was there for the entire meeting, as was League of Women Voters City Hall observer Jane McWilliams.

City’s budget deficit means it’s time to rethink the annual $200K subsidy for the NCRC

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Over a month ago at a City Council meeting, City Finance Director Kathleen McBride reminded the Council that the City’s general fund subsidizes the Northfield Community Resource Center (NCRC) building to the tune of $200,000 every year. (This does NOT include the debt service on the building.) Here’s a 30-second screen capture of the video of her remarks:

As far as I know, no one on the Council has said anything more about it and I don’t think City Administrator Joel Walinski mentioned the NCRC in his budget cutting-related remarks to the Council earlier this week.

It’s no easy task to understand the financials surrounding NCRC, given its complicated origins and ongoing negotiated leases with the various agencies and programs housed there. (Some historical resources/links below.)

But it’s time to bring the details of these NCRC financial arrangements out into the open so citizens can help staff and the council rethink what the City’s role should be, given the $200K annual subsidy and budget deficits looming this year and next.

I’m not necessarily against the subsidy. Many cities evidently do something similar as a way to help support programs which are not part of the city but that add value to the community. I just want to have the discussion.

And it’s not just the budget deficit that should compel us to have this discussion.  It’s also the proposed new police facility that’s possibly relevant.

I’ve been asking people what the pros and cons might be of locating the police department at the NCRC, given the $200K annual subsidy, its central location, ample parking, ample room to construct a secure garage/sally port, and ample office/meeting space (assuming one or more agencies move out).

I’ve not heard many arguments against the idea but without knowing what the financial arrangements are with the current tenants, it’s difficult to know whether this option is viable.

So let’s see what relevant documents can be brought to light and have a discussion about it all. In the meantime:

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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!