That night, a majority of the council approved an amendment to the budget, adding approximately $273,000 to the city's contribution to the project, which will cost about $2.4 million in all. The council also authorized city staff to re-bid the project. The trail would add another Highway 3 crossing for bicyclists and pedestrians.
A majority council upheld the Sept. 17 action at its meeting Tuesday evening. According to Northfield News, four councilors voted for a motion to accept City Attorney Chris Hood’s opinion affirming the former resolution. Councilor David DeLong, Ludescher and Mayor Dana Graham voted against it:
"The council hashed out the issues at length. Some said the discussion was frivolous and too time-consuming, while others believed the public debate on the issues was worthwhile."
An estimated $280,000 has already been spent on the project, according to Northfield News. Contributions include about $773,000 from the city and nearly $600,00 from The Minnesota Department of Transportation.
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