Rochester Public Schools Capital Projects Levy Referendum Information Session
Wednesday, October 11, 2023
The recording is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXmnIH5OLVM
Rochester Public Schools (RPS) Superintendent Dr. Kent Pekel presented information about RPS’ upcoming 2023 Capital Projects Levy Referendum, “Technology for Transformation,” that will be on the ballot in November. Dr. Pekel discussed the purpose and impact the levy would have on the school district's educational and operational performance, as well as the financial impact the levy would have on Rochester homeowners and businesses.
Rochester City Sales Tax Extension Information
Wednesday, September 27, 2023 from 7:00-8:00 PM
The recording is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Exe6X1LiJls
City of Rochester presented information about the city sales tax extension that will be on the ballot on November 7. The City of Rochester is pursuing a renewal of the existing 0.5% sales tax. A Local Option Sales Tax has been in place since the 1980s, and it was most recently renewed in 2012. The City is requesting the following four projects be funded with sales tax revenue: Economic Vitality Fund, Street Reconstruction, Flood Control and Water Quality, and Regional Sports and Recreation Complex. Please view the recording on the the Library's YouTube channel.
It was a pleasure to see so many at our September 7. 2023 Trivia Night, enjoying the camaraderie, food, fun, and prizes. We also learned a thing or two about elections, history, and the 2023 MN legislative session. These resources were helpful in our preparation.
Thank you to Cate Stacey, Mayor Kim Norton, and County Commissioner Dave Senjem for speaking at our "How Green Can We Be" event.
The recording is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZuAfdI7rpw
Here are some other interesting and useful links shared by participants.
City of Rochester "Sustainability & Resiliency Community Work Plan"
2023 EarthFest Rochester - https://www.earthfestrochestermn.org/
April 22 EarthFest Expo at Northrop Community Center - https://www.earthfestrochestermn.org/events-calendar/
Community Education class on April 19:
Incentives (EV's, solar, heat pumps, efficiency…) How do I pay for these? - link
Green Business Recognition newsletter - https://mailchi.mp/c21a6000fc3a/rochgreenbusiness-11576052?e=634ff2dfd1
Green Drinks (monthly meet-ups with other folks interested in sustainability) - https://www.facebook.com/RochesterGreenDrinks
We Care Solar: students in Calif. are making solar panels, the company has inquired about implementing this in Minnesota - https://wecaresolar.org/
Archive - 2022 candidate forums
Archive - 2022 LWV Rochester programs
Thursday, September 15, 2022 - watch the recorded virtual session
How will a Changing Climate in Southeast Minnesota Impact Public Health?
Kenneth Blumenfeld, PhD, Senior Climatologist, Climatology Office, Div Ecological Water Resources, Minn. Dept. of Natural Resources
Cody Miller, Environmental Health Specialist, Olmsted County Public Health Services
Sarah Stevens, Public Health Nurse Manager, Olmsted County Public Health Services