by Wealthy Larson
Northfield Chief of Police Mark Elliott mentioned, with two months left, the state of Minnesota is experiencing the deadliest 12 months it has seen on the roads since 2007. And the issue, he mentioned, is skyrocketing.
Elliott mentioned that to this point in 2021 there have been 400 deaths on Minnesota roads, which is the very best quantity the state has seen in 14 years. He mentioned all of the work they’ve carried out with elevating consciousness and the Towards Zero Demise marketing campaign over the past decade plus was exhibiting outcomes till Covid-19 got here alongside. Final 12 months, with fewer vehicles on the roads, speeds drastically elevated, they usually haven’t come down in 2021.
The state recognized the issue in June once they measured an almost 35% improve in roadway deaths from 2019. Chief Elliott mentioned over the summer season Northfield Police participated in days of enhanced regulation enforcement, one which was targeted on Highways 14 and 19, and one other that was targeted on Freeway 3.
“I can let you know that on, simply on Freeway 3, in sooner or later, on July 30th we didn’t put a whole lot of additional officers on the highway, however we put a pair on the market and we actually requested our officers to dedicate their time to creating site visitors stops on that day. And on that day alone we stopped 131 motorists for transferring violations.”
Regulation enforcement throughout the state has been stressing to drivers the significance of watching their velocity and speaking with family and friends about what is occurring on the roads. Chief Elliott added that it’s vital for drivers to plan forward so that they aren’t rushed to get to wherever it’s they’re going.
The Chief mentioned that his division will not be wanting to implement site visitors and driving security. He would a lot moderately this was a self-regulating drawback, and that folks perceive the risks of excessive speeds and distracted driving.
Council approves West Riverwalk idea plan
On Tuesday evening the Northfield Metropolis Council accepted the ultimate idea plan for the West Riverwalk Entrance Enhancements.
Northfield Metropolis Administrator Ben Martig mentioned the plan is one thing the council started taking a look at two years in the past so as to clear up an space that has been considerably uncared for, and in addition to function a tie between the river space and the transit hub that may start development subsequent 12 months.
Martig mentioned after the town appeared on the space, it was discovered to not be fully as much as ADA requirements, so the town contracted with SEH consultants to create a plan to make the world extra accessible and engaging.
“We’re taking a look at ornamental concrete, some vertical parts associated to signage or perhaps a chunk of artwork to attract folks’s eye in proper by the sidewalk, landscaping, some place for artwork as you progress by means of. They have been in a position to work in some area the place Basil’s, alongside their constructing, might have out of doors eating obtainable.”
Lighting has been one thing mentioned incessantly for the world. The SEH architects have a number of choices for out of doors lighting that can be efficient however received’t be disruptive to those that reside in residences alongside the river. Councilor Jessica Peterson-White additionally introduced up the thought of creating the world conducive to a vacation lighting show as effectively, one thing Mayor Rhonda Pownell enthusiastically agreed with.
With the idea accepted, Martig mentioned the town will now “park” the mission as different initiatives run their course. The town is conducting a flood examine proper now, the outcomes of which, he mentioned, might open up potentialities for some federal funding towards the mission. Additionally, as the town works to have the riverfront designated as a regional park, there might be nonetheless extra funding sources obtainable from the state.
He mentioned he expects the plans to evolve over because the Riverfront Enhancement Motion Plan continues to unfold. Development on the world might most like be anticipated in 2023.
Dundas including part-time police officer
And the Metropolis of Dundas is now taking functions for a part-time police officer.
Candidates have to be licensed by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Requirements and Coaching or be eligible to be licensed. Profitable candidates should full and move a background examine, together with bodily and psychological exams.
The job description posted on the town web site says that the brand new rent will carry out skilled police work to make sure the safety and security of the group, present proactive policing to scale back crime and protect stability inside the group, regulate site visitors and supply emergency companies as wanted, together with extra associated duties as required.
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