City Clerk Joel Young reported at the city council’s June 27 meeting that the city’s application for the FY23 Outdoor Recreation Grant Program was selected for funding. The grant is expected to be in the amount of $77,000. Councilor Josh Broadwater was absent.
The funds are to be used to help pay for the construction of a bridge across Mill Creek in Groen Park. The total project cost is expected to be about $155,000.
An updated Investment Management Policy was approved as presented. Young explained the language in the policy had been modernized to make the policy more readable. Financial Management Policies including Annual Budget, Capital Goods, Debt Management, Fund Balance, and Investment Management had been adopted in 2008. This review of the policy will be done annually going forward.
Other business in brief
•Prior to the city council meeting, the Committee of the Whole had met to continue the discussion with Bill Hanson, William Hanson Waste Removal, on the future of the city’s garbage system. The city has been using a bag system and has been considering changing to a cart system.
This has brought up several issues. Low volume users are pleased with the current system while those who produce more prefer the cart system. The cart system will be less labor intensive, requiring only one person to drive the truck and operate the arm to pick up the carts. The current system requires two workers to pick up garbage.
Details of possible changes in the contract with Hanson were discussed. More details need to be figured out. Nothing was decided at this meeting. The issue will go back to the Public Services Committee.
•Councilor Dave Frank reported on the Public Services Committee meeting. A possible ordinance to regulate golf carts, ATVs, and UTVs was discussed as requested by Police Chief Fox. ATVs and UTVs are currently regulated by state statute. Currently, it is illegal for golf carts to be driven in the city of Chatfield because there is no ordinance allowing their use on city streets.
•Mayor Russ Smith warned citizens to be aware of wild parsnip in the ditches. Wild parsnip sap, when it comes in contact with your skin, can result in intense burning, rash, blistering, and skin discoloration.
•An August 14 raffle permit was approved for St. Mary Catholic Church.
•A temporary liquor license for August 12-14 was approved for the Firefighters Activities Association.
•A payment of $7,500 was approved to the Regional Transportation Organization in support of the creation of this organization in southeast Minnesota.
•A maintenance agreement for Olmsted County to provide maintenance for city and township roads was approved.