City Administrator Al Roder’s Friday Memo for week of June 16-20, 2008

al-roder Northfield City Administrator Al Roder publishes a memo to the mayor and city council each week on Friday. It summarizes many of the staff activities for the week. fridaymemothumb

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

See the Northfield city calendar for public meetings that are scheduled this week.

NOTE: There’s a Council work session tonight.


  1. John S. Thomas said:

    Speaking of Transient Merchant Licenses, does the city keep a “DO NOT SOLICIT” list?

    That would be a nice feature. Get yourself added to the list, and the transient merchants must purchase the list as part of the permit, and not solicit those addresses. I would gladly pay a small fee to not have door-to-door salespeople at my home.

    Just curious…

    June 23, 2008
  2. Katherine Cooper said:

    I am wondering why the Police report is not included in the Friday memo as it used to be???

    June 24, 2008
  3. Griff Wigley said:

    Kathy, I think the police report stopped when we were without a police chief for several months… not sure, tho.

    My problem with Al’s Memo is that he doesn’t seem to write any of it. It’s all submitted by nameless department heads and other staff and it’s not clear that that’s what’s happening.

    As the top guy/leader, I’d really like to know what HE thinks is important. I’d like his reflections and observations.

    June 25, 2008
  4. Griff Wigley said:

    Curt, I’m pretty sure that drug bust story was from March 19, 2005. Shelley Kubitz was a reporter for the Nfld News but has been gone for quite a while.

    It’s frustrating that neither the Fbo Daily News nor the Nfld News web sites put the dates of their stories in the header of the stories. The only way to tell is from the search results.

    June 25, 2008
  5. Curt Benson said:

    Whoa, you’re right Griff. Sorry News, I screwed that one up big time.

    June 25, 2008
  6. Scott Oney said:

    Curt: Don’t be too hard on yourself! I’m glad you dug this story up; I don’t think we’ve heard the last word on it yet. The two fleeing suspects in the story are now safely incarcerated, Owens in Faribault and Mitchell in Illinois, but as far as I know the NPD never recovered the $1,500 they used to buy the crack. I’m pretty sure the officers in pursuit claimed that the guys they were chasing “tore it up and threw it out the window” of their vehicle, which, whether true or not, would have been difficult to determine during a high-speed chase. I’m not sure if this is the incident I’m remembering or not, but the year, 2005, and the amount, $1,500, sounds right. Does anyone care to come forward with an update?

    June 25, 2008

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