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EDA approves Chatfield Center for the Arts lease agreement


Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Government

Comfortable, more roomy seating will be the most visible part of the renovation project underway at the Chatfield Center for the Arts. Photo by Karen Reisner

By Karen Reisner

At a July 7 combined meeting of the Chatfield City Council, the Economic Development Authority (EDA), and the CCA, Inc., the future management of the Chatfield Center for the Arts was discussed.

The EDA owns the facility. In 2011 Chatfield Center for the Arts, Inc. was organized as a non-profit entity. This organization’s purpose has been to organize community programs for the arts center. Up to this point the facility has been operated on a volunteer basis. CCA, Inc. is dedicated to bringing art in its many forms to Chatfield. The facility can be available for educational, cultural, civic and community, entertainment, and individual events. The collective vision of the arts center is for the preservation of the historic buildings, to provide an economic driver for the community, and to have a more livable community.

Joel Young maintained that the model needs to be updated. In 2014 and in 2015 the city subsidized the facility with about $57,000 each year. Young said the city may want to cap the amount it provides for the operation of the facility.

The proposed lease agreement has the EDA leasing the facility to CCA, Inc. for $1.00 per year. Under the agreement, the city will provide a stipend or operations subsidy in the amount of $60,000 per year for six years. CCA, Inc. will pay all costs of operations, including insurance, staffing, routine custodial care and routine maintenance. They will work to secure grants and other outside revenue and develop and acquire programing. They will collect all revenue resulting from programing and rents. CCA, Inc. will also strive to fund an endowment fund for long term maintenance and improvement of the facility. After the first period of years, the operation subsidy will be reduced by the city and the amount of the reduction will be put into a Capital Investment Improvement Fund. The subsidy is expected to be eliminated after 10 years.

CCA, Inc. already approved the proposed lease prior to this meeting. Under this agreement CCA, Inc. will manage day to day operations, keeping the production management within the community. It will present a budget and evaluation report to the EDA and the city council annually. The EDA will be able to concentrate on wider development for the community, like a hotel.

Young said the hope is for the city’s responsibility to be capped. He explained that the experience of the last five y .....
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Peterson council discusses events vending policy

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Peterson Government

By Kirsten Zoellner A quick July 13 Peterson council meeting hit at several items of old or continuing business, but two items brought forth by Councilor Dave Colbenson garnered the majority of discussion. The first was a concern over City of Pet ..... 
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Whalan City Council meets during heat wave

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Whalan Government

By Barb Jeffers With temperatures near 90º and high humidity, the Whalan City Council met on July 11, 2016. All council members were present. Minutes Minutes from the June 2016 meeting were read. Motion by Chiglo, second by Halvorson, to ap ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that. - 7.18.16

By Kathy Little

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in All Columnists

Hitch-up the buckboard, gussie up the kids in their best-go- to-meeting clothes and head to Houston, Minn., for Hoedown! It is the most rip-roaring, hoot- shooting celebration this side of the Root River. You’ll see plenty of handsome horseflesh ..... 
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Fountain City Council addresses property line

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Fountain Government

By Barb Jeffers The Fountain City Council met for its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, July 7, 2016. Council members present included Chad Wangen, Jim Schott, Bryan Ostby and Mayor Richard Kujath. Council member Dave Gudmundson was absent. P ..... 
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Fillmore County Police Reports - 7.18.16

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

Chatfield Police Department Cody Luke Luhman, 22, Chatfield, Minn.; 3/31/2016, Uninsured Vehicle – Owner Violation, Fine $200, Total Fees $320. Marconna Marylou Scrabeck, 72, Rochester, Minn.; 6/18/2016, Inattentive Driving, Fine $40, Total Fee ..... 
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Renovations at Mabel Clinic improves handicap accessibility and overall atmosphere

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Business Announcements

By Hannah Wingert Winneshiek Medical Center Mabel Clinic in Mabel, Minn., recently underwent some major renovations. The exam rooms received new furniture and updated floors, the lobby experienced a complete overhaul, and the bathroom was expanded ..... 
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Government this week

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in All Government

• Monday, July 18, Rushford-Peterson School Board, Rushford Biology Room, 5:30 p.m. • Monday, July 18, Kingsland School Board, District Conference Room, 6:30 p.m. • Monday, July 18, Chatfield School Board, High School Media Center, 7 p.m. ..... 
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Fillmore Central Schools set 2016 eligibility meeting

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Sports

The eligibility meeting for 2016-2017 Minnesota State High School League activities will be held at Fillmore Central High School varsity gym in Harmony on Monday, July 25, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. All students entering grades 7-12 and planning to partic ..... 
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