Police/fire station update

The police/fire facility project is moving very quickly now.  Here’s a quick update: First, check out the project webpage for current information.  This page includes a schedule of upcoming and past meetings of the Council, Steering Committee (the larger team of community members, the Mayor, Councilmembers Jon Denison and Erica Zweifel, KKE architects, and city …

More work – Capital improvement discussion starts

Northfield’s finance director, Kathleen McBride, deserves a lot of credit for dragging the Council toward a capital improvement planning process where projects are assessed rationally, scheduled sensibly, and funding sources are identified…instead of listing possible projects with largely fictional “placeholder” dollar amounts and hoping for the best.  The 2010-2014 CIP discussion begins Monday at the …

Building a green roof

Last year, Peter Schmelzer of Vivus Architecture and Design, designed a wonderful addition for our 1915 Arts & Crafts bungalow.   When he got the idea to put a flat roof on it, he said “What do you think about a green roof?”  We said: “Cool!” Despite being enthusiastic about having a green roof, we really …

Dreaming of zoning

‘Tis true, I have been dreaming about zoning regulations.  My dream was about a development of new buildings and whether each one fit the regulations.  There were hideous structures which clearly met the requirements of the code and there were thoughtfully designed and intelligently sited structures which didn’t including one which did not meet the …

City Council stuff this week

It’s the 4th Monday which often means the Council gets a meetingless evening.  Not this week, however. There is a special Council meeting (“special” incidentally, does not mean that there is something special or ‘specially important or ‘specially controversial on the agenda but only that the meeting is not a “regular” meeting happening on the …