Farmington police and fire now have access to the Vitals smartphone app that can potentially provide greater public safety and communication with special needs individuals and seniors with dementia. Farmington City Council unanimously approved the Vitals Standard Service agreement during the Oct. 15 meeting. "Having looked at it and seeing the progression they have made in the last year with Vitals and what Dakota County Social Services have done, they have done a good job of steering clients to the app," Farmington acting Police Chief Gary Rutherford said.
Farm to Table cuisine is being served up at local eateries by chefs who create the freshest in fine culinary creations. Home cooks and chefs look to concoct the best entrees made with local produce and ingredients harvested from family farms. In warm climates like California, the Farm to Table or Farm-to-Fork movements are a year-round affair. "The Farm to Table food trend started in L.A. or California and the idea is to get your food within 20 miles," said Keith Russell, chef and owner of the new Rebel Chef restaurant in Farmington.
FARMINGTON — Amendment details were reviewed by Farmington City Council and Farmington School Board regarding a legal settlement 11 years ago. "Earlier this year, representatives from Independent School District 192 and the city started discussions on a possible amendment to the settlement agreement," McKnight said at the Oct. 8 Farmington School Board work session. "The agreement calls for the city to construct and the school district to pay for an extension of 202nd and 208th streets in Farmington."
FARMINGTON — The Dakota Broadband Board may open office space on the second floor of Farmington City Hall. "The Dakota Broadband is moving forward and they have offered to host the executive director here in the building," said Brenda Wendlandt, human resources director for the City of Farmington. "We would also run salary and benefits through our payroll system and manage it and the DBB would reimburse us."
"I want to be a voice for anyone who has an issue," he said. "I want to get more parents involved in the schools and come to these meetings and see what is going on."
Interim Farmington Police Chief Gary Rutherford is focused on continuing to strengthen the faith between the community and public safety within the city. Rutherford, 49, was chosen to lead the department when Farmington City Council approved a separation agreement in August with former chief Brian Lindquist.
Two incumbents now serving on the Farmington School Board have filed to serve another four-year term. Farmington School Board Chair Melissa Sauser and vice chair Steve Corraro are running for re-election Tuesday, Nov. 6. Melissa Sauser Melissa Sauser, 38, is finishing her eighth year on the Farmington School Board and is eager to serve a third term. She works part-time at a martial arts school and is proud to say her children and family are all black belts.
FARMINGTON — Soon one final chapter will be written in a long, formerly contentious story about land that is now Farmington High School encircled by farmland. Farmington School Board updated residents about working on an agreement at its Sept. 24 meeting. "A number of people lived this story over a decade ago when there were plans to build a new high school, and there was some contention around where the city sued the school district and the school district sued the city," said Jay Haugen, district superintendent.
New attendance boundary lines were approved by Farmington School Board at the Monday, Sept. 24 regular business meeting. "We are not shifting anybody or disrupting anyone, their expectation or current situation to make this boundary or attendance change," said Dan Miller, district operations director. The new attendance boundaries lines will take effect in the 2019-20 school years for Farmington Public Schools. Boundary changes will affect students and households in new and upcoming residential housing developments underway now or will break ground in future years.
Candidates vying for one of two open seats on Farmington City Council spoke during the Sept. 19 candidate forum while a packed audience listened in the council chamber. Maureen Scallen Failor, president of Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce that sponsored the forum, served as moderator. Incumbent council member Katie Bernhjelm joined four new candidates — Nick Gessell, Joel Pritchett and Phil Windschitl, along with write-in candidate Joshua Hoyt. Hoyt was initially not able to participate in the forum, but the chamber deliberated and approved his participation.