Next week is a busy week for the Council –
Monday, January 26 there is NIMS training at 6 pm before the Council Meeting/Worksession. What, you may ask, is NIMS? NIMS stands for National Incident Management System and it is a FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) program “provides a consistent nationwide template to establish Federal, State, tribal and local governments and private sector and nongovernmental organizations to work together effectively and efficiently to prepare for, prevent, respond to and recover from domestic incidents, regardless of cause, size or complexity, including acts of catastrophic terrorism. NIMS benefits include a unified approach to incident management; standard command and management structures; and emphasis on preparedness, mutual aid and resource management.” As elected officials, Council members must recieve training to be able to respond to these emergencies.
Monday, January 26: Council Meeting and Worksession. Council agendas and packets are available on the City website each week as well as at the Northfield Public Library for those who prefer not to access them on-line. The highlights of the meeting portion are a request by Carleton College to amend the Land Development Regulations to allow wind turbines and selecting a task force and creating a work plan for a new Safety Center. The work shession includes a discussion with the Library Board about their goals including the library expansion, more budget disucssions and additional information about how we’ll proceed with the City Administrator position.
Wednesday, January 28: Intergovernmental meeting. These quarterly meetings with Rice and Dakota Counties, Dundas and the 4 townships surrounding Northfield address issues of common interest and concern. This meeting will begin at 7 pm at the Greenvale Township hall.
Thursday, January 29: The Council will have a closed meeting to consider proposals regarding the liquor store.
The complete city calendar is here.
Other events which might be of interest: The Northfield Union of Youth is holding a 15th anniversary open house at the Key 303 South Water St, from 5-8 pm.
Other observances which have no relevance for the City Council and may be of no interest to anyone: