Tag Archives: Betsey Buckheit

Nov. 1 Webinar – Social media use by local government in the US: What are the hurdles to doing it well?

With my civic and business hat on, I’m hosting a free webinar on social media use by local government on Monday, Nov. 1, at 8 PM CDT. It will feature:

  • A tour of several local government websites (primarily cities in the US) to see some best practices of how social media tools (blogs, web forums, email lists, webinars, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, etc.) are being used to enable more transparency and engagement.
  • A discussion about the hurdles that local government officials face when implementing the use of social media.

The panelists (all bloggers), all have some Northfield connections:

Betsey Buckheit Steven Clift Scott Neal

Some photos of Betsey, Steve and Scott in Northfield from 2004-05 with their blogger hats on:
UK delegation at the Cow 2004 UK delegation at the Cow 2004 - 2 Blogging panel at the Archer House 2005

Please register for the free webinar on social media use by local government for Monday, Nov. 1, at 8 PM CDT.

If you’re unable to attend, the webinar will be recorded and archived on the web.

Got questions or comments? Attach a comment here or contact me.

Nov. 2 update:

Podcast: Northfield Second Ward City Councilor Betsey Buckheit

Tracy Davis, Betsey Buckheit, Ross CurrierOur guest this week was Northfield Second Ward City Councilor Betsey Buckheit. We discussed her reflections of her first year on the Council, which she wrote about on her blog last month in a post titled What I’ve learned so far.

Click play to listen. 30 minutes:

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Streetlight utility discussions continuing

Damaged streetlightGiven the condition of this streetlight at 3rd St. and Hwy 3 on Monday, it may appear that those who are against the proposed streetlight fee (tax?) are taking matters into their own hands.

Not true. But it’s still a hot issue. Listen to Councilor Jon Denison’s comments on KYMN last Friday; and see the discussion attached to Councilor Betsey Buckheit’s Oct. 11 blog post, where she starts out:

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A green roof grows; but what about white?

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Blogger and Northfield City Councilor Betsey Buckheit and her main squeeze, Justin London, installed a green roof (see more info on the Minnesota Green Roofs Council site) on a portion of their house on Saturday with more than a little help from friends and neighbors.

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(Click any thumbnail and then scroll left or right through the gallery. The green arrow displays a larger size.)

In Thursday’s NY Times: White Roofs Catch On as Energy Cost Cutters.

Podcast: Councilor Betsey Buckheit on her first 100 days

Tracy Davis, Betsey Buckheit, Ross CurrierOur guest this week apparently was Ward 2 Councilor and blogger Betsey Buckheit, discussing the state of the Northfield City Council now that she’s served for 100+ days.

I say ‘apparently’ because I wasn’t there and my lame colleagues neglected to take a photo. Here’s a recycled one from Betsey’s appearance on the show back in November.

Click play to listen. 30 minutes. You can also download the MP3 or subscribe to the podcast feed, or subscribe directly with iTunes.

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Yes, development is still happening in Northfield; and this one is different

Heritage Apartments

Heritage Apartments I blogged last fall that Jasnoch Construction had started grading for an apartment building in the big empty lot across Jefferson Road between Heritage Drive and Honey Locust Drive, adjacent to their Hidden Valley Apartments. The walls started going up this week. I took the photo looking southwest, with Northfield Target, First National Bank Northfield South, and Community Resource Bank in the background.

Update 4/6: I’ve added the photo on the right, as a new sign was put up that says “Heritage Aparments” with an opening scheduled for fall, 2009. It also says that these are luxury apartments, and that the building will include underground parking and an elevator.

Then-planning commissioner, now-Councilor Betsey Buckheit wrote in a comment on that blog post:

This development could be called the first one developed under the still not quite adopted Comp Plan (Public hearing at the Planning Commission Tuesday – almost there!). The Jasnochs should get a round of applause for agreeing to work with the new plan even though it isn’t yet the law of the city.

Under the new form-based, mixed use principles of the new plan, parking is distributed in smaller lots, apartment entrances face the street rather than parking, and the entire site is envisioned as mixed use with commercial as well as residential development. I’d like to see this succeed. The Planning Commission struggled mightily trying to arrive at a definition of “mixed use” under the old comp plan back in 2002 or 2003 and failed. The new Comp Plan and supporting regulations are much clearer about how to do this.

As Sean points out, apartment living is more efficient. Thinking slightly larger but still compactly, by providing housing and a small commercial center around the Heritage/Jefferson Road intersection, Northfield could create another walkable area for the folks in the surrounding apartments and the single family homes up behind Target.

Northfield blogger of the week: Betsey Buckheit, Second Ward Councilor

Betsey Buckheit Betsey Buckheit started her blog last fall when she began running for office and she’s been continuing to blog since she was elected. We now aggregate her blog’s feed on our left sidebar. (We had her as a guest on our show/podcast back in late Nov.)

Here’s a Wordle of her blog that gives you a glimpse of what she’s currently writing about. Click to enlarge. (continued)

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