Ross and I (and a few other
malcontents concerned citizens) got a tour of the Northfield Safety Center on Friday. Tonight’s Council meeting addresses it. (See Councilor Betsey Buckheit’s blog post, CIP discussion continues, but action imminent.) It’s more than a little distressing that, as far as I know, no one from the City has acknowledged that it’s been irresponsible to have not done the deferred maintenance on the building for over 20 years. (continued)
How did that happen? Did any of our previous mayors, city administrators, police/fire chiefs, city councilors try to address the issue of deferred maintenance? Was it an oversight? No one’s saying. I think that’s irresponsible and I think it’s going to make it harder for the City to get taxpayers to belly up to the bar to fund something new.
Pages 38-50 of the City Council Packet for today’s meeting has extensive background on the CIP discussion scheduled for tonight on both the Safety Center and the library. I’m inclined towards Option B.
- Option A. Safety Center Task Force Recommendation – Single Facility on a minimum 4-5 acre site
- Option B. Re-use of Existing Facility for Police – New Location for Fire Facility.
- Option C. Reuse of Existing Location for New Fire Facility – New Location for Police Facility
- Option D. Complete Updates on Deferred Maintenance Items of Existing Facility
We were accompanied on the tour by Randy Jennings, Occasional Press LLC, and by David Drenth, a retired Building Official from Bloomington who’s moved to Northfield recently and volunteering his time to give tours.