Tomorrow (December 17th) night at the City Council Meeting, Mr. William J. Everett will present his report to the Council. Mr. Everett was hired by the Council some months ago to investigate the Select Six items from the original Fourteen Issues.
The Select Six included possible: 1) improper influence or action in the municipal liquor store site search, 2) observance of proper boundaries by City officials or staff, 3) improper actions in the issuance or termination of a temporary certificate of occupancy for 618 Division Street, 4) failure to document or address complaints or questions regarding personnel matters, 10) misuse of public funds, and 11) any other issues that merit examination. The Select Six represent 43% of the Fourteen Issues, and were going to be categorized by “Clusters” for exploration by Mr. Everett.
The Leftover Eight, questions potentially relating to: 5) roles, responsibility and respect between City officials and employees, 6) adherence to municipal contracting laws, 7) violation of the Minnesota government data practices act, #8 separation of church and state, 9) proper oversight and management of TIF projects, 12) violations of the open meeting law, 13) municipal, state and federal purchasing policies, and 14) deviations from the City’s pay plan, will be addressed in the future. Some of these issues may or may not be part of the investigation currently being conducted in Goodhue County; in fact only item #8 was specifically ruled out as being part of the Goodhue County investigation at the special Council Meeting on November 1st. Items 7) and 12) are also key elements of the Lansing lawsuit. Perhaps by next Spring we’ll even know who gave the Council Packet to the Northfield News.
However, the topic is the last item on the agenda and the Vikings are playing the Bears on Monday Night Football so, hopefully for the local economy, there will be bigger crowds at the Rueb and the Eagles. We can always get the full, if somewhat subjective, report at Blue Monday or the Hideaway in the morning.