Cities have until November 15 to submit their expenditures that qualify for CARES Act funding. At the November 9 Chatfield City Council meeting, November CARES expenditures were approved. Councilors John McBroom and Mike Urban were absent.
Top of the list of expenditures was a telephone system upgrade at a cost of $19,135. Door lock repairs and the reconstruction of the city clerk counter will expend a little over $9,000. Wages for election judges above the normal and a deep cleaning of the Chatfield Center for the Arts after the election will cost nearly $4,000.
The possible expenditure of a National Community Survey at a cost of $8,300 was not included. City Clerk Joel Young noted that two employees have been quarantined. Lost production costs will run about $4,760. Councilor Josh Broadwater suggested remaining funds should be used to pay for the lost production. It was decided to use remaining funds for the lost production due to quarantine and other public safety and administrative costs that can qualify for CARES funding.
The November expenses were approved with these changes. The total CARES dollars expended from August through November will be $217,055, or the total available. The survey may be considered at a later date to be paid for out of the General Fund.
Other business in brief
• Peter Erickson, first assistant fire chief, asked the council to consider the purchase of a new truck chassis (Chassis Crew Cab F-550) for the 2021 brush truck. The council approved the lower of two bids from Rochester Ford in the amount of $43,059. The truck is to be ordered now in order to get it in the spring. Payment will be due when the truck is picked up.
• Approval was given to place purple ribbons on street lights in support of Epilepsy Awareness Month. A letter had been received from Bethany Kail requesting permission to put up the ribbons to show support for those fighting epilepsy. November is Epilepsy Awareness Month.
• The Certified Local Government Annual Report for 2020 was presented. The report includes those that served on the Heritage Preservation Commission. The submission of the report allows the city to qualify for federal funds. Twelve historic properties in the city have been evaluated as eligible for local designation.
The 2021 Pathfinder CRM contract was approved. Robert C. Vogel is the city’s preservation planner.
• The 2021 CEDA contract for professional services was approved.
• Young thanked election judges in particular and everyone who helped with the general election. They did an excellent job. Mayor Russ Smith congratulated councilors that have been reelected including Josh Broadwater, Pam Bluhm, and John McBroom.