City Administrator’s “Friday Memo” of April 24

Joel-WalinskiThe Friday Memo, written by Northfield City Administrator Joel Walinski and many of the department directors, managers, and supervisors, summarizes many of the staff activities for the week.

This week’s memo has an update on the Mill Towns Trail bridge (could be ready to use in July!) and some interesting statistics from a town in WI that’s measured the economic impact of their fiberoptic broadband infrastructure.

fridaymemothumbThe Friday memos are published and archived in PDF form at the bottom of Joel Walinski’s web page. See the Friday memo for this past week and then comment or ask questions about it here.


  1. Stephanie Henriksen said:

    Water report in Friday Memo also included graffiti info:

    Tom Berendes from Water Tower Clean & Coat, Inc. arrived on Wednesday to clean the graffiti from the two water storage tanks on St. Olaf campus. The bottom 7’ of the two tanks had graffiti removed and were re-painted last year and had a special coating put on that was suppose to resist graffiti paint. Tom offered to perform the graffiti removal because he wanted to see how this anti-graffiti coating worked as far as removing the paint. Tom spent nine hours removing the paintwork with paint removers. The Water Division will analyze whether or not we should use this product in the future. Police and St. Olaf security are investigating the graffiti vandals.

    April 26, 2009
  2. kiffi summa said:

    I have a question about the elimination of the site at the NEcorner of the Woodley/Hwy 3 intersection. The newspaper describes this as having been the frontrunner, and indeed it has always been mentioned as such. At one point it was reported that all the negotiations with MNDOT ( site owner ) were virtually complete; they just needed to figure out where to relocate their road maintenance materials.
    Now we hear this site is no longer in the running because of ‘contamination’. 1. Surely MNDOT would have known of this. 2. Surely the city should have known of this. 3. If the site is contaminated it is up to the owner to clean it up, so …?
    4. What’s the rest of the story here?

    Surely the NFNews, having been at the council meetings, would have asked the obvious question of why this long preferred site has fallen away?

    Anyone from the Task Force wish to comment?

    April 26, 2009
  3. Griff Wigley said:

    Kiffi, I’m going to move your comment to the discussion thread on the Safety Center Taskforce since that’s where the discussion is happening.

    April 27, 2009

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