Council Passes 2014 Budget With Additional TIGER Trail Funds

The project would build a safe pedestrian and bike pathway across Hwy. 3.

Once again, the proposed TIGER Trail project brought some tension to the Northfield City Council meeting Tuesday night.

According to the Northfield News, the council was tasked with approving the city's 2014 budget, however, the debate began when it came to adding more money for the TIGER Trail project, which would build a pathway across Hwy. 3:

"The contention sprang from Councilor Erica Zweifel’s motion at last week’s meeting to add $2.436 million to the budget for the TIGER Trail project. The suggestion opened up such debate that the issue had to be tabled until this week’s meeting."

A few weeks ago, construction bids came back at $825,000 over budget, bringing the $2.34 million price tag to $3.3 million. The council voted to reject all those bids Tuesday night, and Zweifel brought her proposed budget amendment back to the table, the article said.

Ultimately, the council did pass the budget with the adding funding in a tight 4-3 vote.

Read the full Northfield News story here.

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