At its Feb. 19 meeting, the Greenfield City Council received information and a proposal from a contractor, Logicnet, that included implementing a cloud–based Microsoft service that would provide updated email service while eliminating reliance on the city’s existing server. After experiencing several server crashes, staff began researching efficient alternatives. This recommendation for Office 365 came with one for iPads as well, one for each council member and one for staff. The council, after discussion and a demonstration on what packets and maps would look like on the personal devices, decided approve the Office 365 portion of the proposal, but not the purchase of iPads.
The city’s administrator, Kathryne McCullum, presented a training opportunity to the council that involves land use issues.
The Land Use incentive Program, presented by the League of Minnesota Cities, rewards member cities with up to $3,750 on land use claims. McCullum had completed the training and recommended to the council that aside from the full council, all planning commissioners should be encouraged to participate in the first course “Lang Use Basics; Grasping the Ground Rules.” This course is intended to help officials understand their city’s involvement and role in land use regulation, and how to effectively navigate controversial situations.
The council approved this course for all councilors and planning commissioners.
A second course, demonstrating how proactive planning and regularly updating can help advance a city’s future, was approved for council members only at this time.
Keith Robinson, Riverwood Pastor, and Annette Tryon, Greenfield Volunteer of the Year, made an appeal to the council and those in attendance to consider taking part in a day of community service. “Thousand Heats Crow River Service Day” is scheduled for Saturday, May 5 and organizers are looking for volunteers and projects.
The mission: Area churches, school districts, service organizations, businesses, corporate sponsors, city and county entities and individuals are coordinating plans to partner with communities along the Crow River from Delano to Rogers to gather together to implement one day of service on May 5, 2013, bringing a thousand volunteers together to address three key areas of needed improvement: hunger, health and habitation.
More information, including contact info, is available at www.thousandheats.weebly.com.
In other meeting news, resident Joe Lepore addressed the council over garbage hauling options and asked that the city not limit residents to one provider, citing that it eliminates the need for competitiveness and drives up the cost. He added that although a concern of road damage from numerous vehicles has been part of the discussion, a second provider would result in one additional trip a week.
The council also announced that Veolia, its contract wastewater treatment plant management firm, is receiving a Minnesota Wastewater Treatment Facility Operational Award, and that officials will attend the award ceremony in March.
The next regular meeting of the Greenfield City Council is Tuesday, March 5, at 7 p.m. at 6390 Town Hall Dr.