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What is the future of Potter Auditorium?


Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009
Posted in Government

A joint powers meeting of the Chatfield City Council, Chatfield Public School Board, and the Chatfield Economic Development Authority (EDA) was held to keep all informed as to the findings and recommendations of the steering committee. The steering committee for the proposed Potter Center for the Arts has four principle members including: Dr. Donald Hainlen, F. Mike Tuohy, Joel Young, and Mike Martin. As the committee has evolved, other parties have contributed. There have been two committees - the first met from the fall of 2007 to the summer of 2008 and the second, a smaller group, from November of 2008 until the present.

The committee presented a resolution for the interested entities to consider, which is a framework to develop the Potter Center for the Arts. The committee's work, which has been extensive, was aimed at devising a plan and process to redevelop the property. Each of the entities will consider the resolution. The resolution is intended to be the beginning of the process for redevelopment and includes recommendations to each of the entities as to their individual responsibilities in making the plan a reality.

At this time the school board owns the property and is responsible for it. It is estimated it will cost about $80,000 per year for general maintenance. The buildings to be preserved will require both heat in the winter and a maintenance of security.

Potter Auditorium is 8,425 square feet and was built in 1935.

Committee Remarks

Mike Martin said the property is currently a liability for the school district which needs to abate asbestos and demolish or reuse the buildings. Martin maintained proper reuse can turn into a regional asset. He detailed plans to upgrade Potter to Potter Center for the Arts, convert the first and second floors of the 1916 building on the north and to replace the 1954 building with an open air plaza. The 1916 building would house a community center for gatherings.

Martin described a five-phase plan, including asbestos abatement in the 1954 building, which has been budgeted by the school district, along with demolition of this building. The near term operating costs for the remaining structures would be the responsibility of the taxpayers. Efforts are being made to obtain federal stimulus funding, funding from the 2010 Minnesota Bonding Bill, legacy funding and preservation funding. Eventually, the taxpayer responsibility should be replaced by the endowment.

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What is the future of Potter Auditorium?

Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009
Posted in Government

A joint powers meeting of the Chatfield City Council, Chatfield Public School Board, and the Chatfield Economic Development Authority (EDA) was held to keep all informed as to the findings and recommendations of the steering committee. The steering ..... 
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Hilltop Estates, second additional approval

Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009
Posted in Government

By Karen Reisner

The Chatfield City Council unanimously gave their approval to the development agreement and the final plat for the Hilltop Estates, Second Addition at their September 28 meeting. The public hearing had been continued from the ..... 
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Minnesota Mayors unite to express concern regarding LGA

Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009
Posted in Government

St.Paul, MN-Saying that the next governor will determine the fate of cities across the state, mayors announced at a State Capitol press conference that they are turning their attention to the 2010 governor's race and will be traveling the state to c ..... 
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Fillmore County Sheriff's office joins Crime Stoppers of MN

Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009
Posted in Government

Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen has announced that the sheriff's office has joined with Crime Stoppers of Minnesota to increase ways that citizens can pass on anonymous tips about crimes.

In addition to remaining anonymous, persons pro ..... 
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Spring Valley budget and levy

Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council has passed a resolution setting the preliminary budget and levy for 2010. At the meeting Monday night, the Council set the preliminary levy at $880,344. City Administrator Deb Zimmer said that, "There will be no salary ..... 
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Rushford approves expansion of Fire Department storage facilities

Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009
Posted in Government

Resolution 2009-068 has officially awarded the "2009 Municipal Improvement Project" to Winona Excavating Company At the Monday, September 28th, city council meeting, both Otomo Engineering Services and BDM Consulting Engineers recommended the firm a ..... 
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Fountain Wastewater Plant Progressing

Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009
Posted in Government

Dave Morrill of McGhie and Betts, Inc. updated the Fountain City Council on the construction progress at the council's October 1 meeting. He reported that there was a meeting with the plant operators at Chatfield along with Chatfield City Clerk Joel ..... 
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Vandalism, brush dump discussed

Sat, Sep 26th, 2009
Posted in Government

During their regular meeting, members of the Lanesboro City Council were able to see firsthand the vandalism that was done to the downstairs bathrooms at the Community Center. City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman explained that late Friday night, Sep ..... 
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