Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 04.03.2014

April 2, 2014

Today: John Sinning, Classification, (Estenson)

Birthdays: Rotarians around the globe!

Next Week: Susan Lohmann, Northfield Hospital & Clinics, Advanced Care Planning (Barry Carlson)

Last Week:

Sounds like Tim Madigan has a plan.

Last week, the Northfield City Administrator shared the city’s five-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) with us. This rolling document lays out a schedule for $13.6 million of investment in street improvements, sidewalk and trails, sanitary sewer, storm water, wastewater treatment plant and city buildings through 2018.

Included in this package is the new $7 million police station on Riverview Drive, scheduled to open in July; library renovations in the neighborhood of $1 million; the recent city hall reconfiguration and remodeling, $800,000; and lots of street projects.

Tim said there is a 30 to 50-year life cycle to most city streets. Engineers have a number of tools to extend the life of a street — seal coating every four to seven years, two-inch overlays every 15 to 20 years and full pavement and curb repair every 30 to 40 years. East Woodley, one of the most notorious streets in town, is actually a county road. Tim said the city is working with Rice County to move a $2.15 million improvement up from 2016 to 2015.

Sidewalks continue to be a source of controversy when street projects are done. For guidance, the city looks to a Safe Routes to School Plan developed in conjunction with the Northfield School District. He pronounced Northfield “fairly friendly” to sidewalks.

Tim said there is a need for more industrial-commercial land in the city. Our current menu is limited. He has revived the idea of developing an industrial park, recasting it as an enterprise park. He said the focus needs to be on just industrial and commercial development. A previous plan, which included some limited retail and housing, was met with resistance from some community members and decision-makers.


Our speaker, Tim Madigan, hails from western Pennsylvania. He migrated to Minnesota to go to college and never left. He taught high school Social Studies for four years before going into city management. He has worked for five communities over a long career and will retire from his current position as Northfield’s city manager in September.

Last Week’s Guests: Matthias Rebkan (Craig)

Scholarship Enhancement: Ron Linde

There will be a benefit for Rebecca Casper’s family Saturday, April 5, 4 to 8 p.m. at the Northfield Ballroom. The evening will honor the memory of Rebecca, who was murdered in 2013, and help the family offset the costs associated with her funeral. For more information, see Jacob Conway.

Vicky Dilley reported that three new inbound students have been confirmed for next year, two girls and a boy.

Charlie Cogan reported that the World Health Organization has declared Southeast Asia polio free.  The 11 countries that make up the Southeast Asia region is home to a quarter of the world’s population. Those countries are Bangladesh, Bhutan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor. For more information, go to:

President Prichard announced that the St. Paul Sunrise Rotary Club will be hosting a seminar on “healthcare affordability” on Thursday, April 24. Former U.S. Senator David Durenberger will be one of the speakers.

We will be hosting a Group Study Exchange (GSE) team from Sweden April 30-May 3. We will need host families and other support for this visit. If you can help, contact Lee Dilley.

Our District conference is scheduled for Thursday, April 24, through Saturday, April 26. Details are on the district website.

Coming Up

April 17 – Tami O’Brien, Director of Northfield Hospital’s Cancer Care & Infusion Center (S. Richardson)
April 24 — Vicki Langer, Classification, (Williams)
May 1 — David Phillips, Cincinnati Works, (Blaha)
May 8 — Kari Berit, The Unexpected Caregiver, (Pederson)