A fierce debate about the so-called TIGER Trail is brewing at Northfield City Hall.
Council Member David Ludescher has called into question the validity of a recent action on Sept. 17, when four council members voted to push the project through. 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.
Ludescher was one of three dissenting council members. He is now questioning the validity of the approval. According to a memo from Ludescher to the council, section 9.8 of Northfield’s charter requires a two-thirds majority to pass budget amendments. If so, Ludescher argues, the action did not pass.
City Attorney Chris Hood begs to differ. On Tuesday, the city council will take up the matter again. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall.