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Chatfield moves forward on smoking regulations


Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Chatfield City Council directed the City Attorney Fred Suhler to draft an ordinance to regulate smoking in specific outside areas at their May 24 meeting. The issue has been discussed in past council meetings and at the Park and Recreation Committee.

Suhler stated at the May 10 meeting that the council could prohibit smoking in some of these outside areas using the Freedom to Breathe Act passed by the Minnesota legislature in 2007.

Councilor Josh Thompson said the committee suggested a fifteen foot buffer between the playground area and where smoking would be allowed. The issue came up partly due to cigarette butts which littered the playground area. Areas being considered for the restrictions include City Park, the Potter property, and the shelter at Green Park. Council members discussed using signage in restricted areas. Councilor Dave Frank felt that it would help just to get the word out to the public.

Suhler reminded the council that it would be necessary to pass a law to make the restrictions enforceable. A motion directing Suhler to draw up a first draft of a new ordinance was approved.

Preservation Award

John and Dawn Cole were awarded the second annual Historic Preservation Award for their revitalization of a Main Street landmark, the Snyder Building at 201 Main Street. The award is given in recognition of the preservation of Chatfield's historical, architectural and cultural resources.

May is Historic Preservation Month. Councilor Ginny Engle presented a poster to the city of Chatfield on behalf of the Chatfield Preservation Committee. The poster was designed and printed by Robert Vogel's firm.

Computer and Copier Replacements

City Clerk Joel Young noted the scheduled replacement of the city's computers had been put off for one year in the interest of saving money. The proposal was to replace 14 pieces of equipment. Acting Mayor Paul Novotny uses his own laptop. The council decided to delay the replacement of the mayor's computer for a time.

There was some discussion whether the council should purchase a laptop computer for each of the councilors which would reduce copying and labor costs for paper copies. Novotny suggested they explore that possibility.

A resolution was adopted to accept the low bid of Computer Dynamics for the purchase of nine desk top computers, two laptop computers and necessary licenses for a little over $14,000, less the cost of one laptop .....
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Fountain Fire Department presents quotes for equipment

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Fountain City Council was called to order by Mayor Richard Kujath on May 5, 2010. Council persons present were: Dave Gudmundson, Jim Schott, Bryan Ostby, and Chad Wangen. Stan Speer, clerk; Sharon Speer, assistant clerk; H ..... 
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Peterson reports on Housing Grant to begin mid-June

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Peterson City Council met on May 4, 2010, with the following present: Jan Smaby, Chuck Eidenschink, Bill Grindland, Randy Benson, Tim Hallum, Lolly Melander and Rick Lee. There were eighteen guests present at this meeting. ..... 
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Canton contends with roaming cats

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Government

The regular May meeting of the Canton City Council was called to order by Mayor Donivee Johnson. Those present were: Carl Ernst, Hank Selden, Cindy Shanks, Lolly Melander, and Jon Nordsving. Ross Duckett was absent. Guests at this meeting were Barb ..... 
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Community Center performance bond an issue at Rushford audit

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Rushford City Council received its annual audit report from Tom Wente of Smith Schafer & Associates, Ltd. at the Monday, May 24th, meeting. While Wente indicated the city is in "pretty solid shape," he found two issues that needed attention.
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Progress toward zero deaths

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Government

Southeast Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) program co-chair, Captain Randy Slinger, and TZD Coordinator, Kristine Hernandez, presented an overview of the program efforts, progress, and goals to the Fillmore County Board on May 25. On May 20 there ..... 
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Spring Valley's City Council holds joint meeting with Planning and Zoning Commission

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Government

Spring Valley's City Council held a joint meeting with the city's Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday, May 24th, at City Hall.

A public hearing for the Planning and Zoning Commission was called to order at 5 p.m. to recommend to the c ..... 
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Ostrander's city wide clean-up

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Government

The monthly meeting of the Ostrander City Council was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Mayor Linda Schwenn; Police Chief Tom Mosher was absent.

Motion by Thompson, seconded by Kunert and unanimously carried to accept the consent agenda.
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Housing Grant for Whalan

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Whalan City Council met on May 3 with the following present: Larry Johnson, Margaret Chiglo, Everett Johnson, David Rahn and Lolly Melander. Johnny Halveson was absent. Mayor Johnson called the meeting to order. Minutes fr ..... 
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