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Chatfield city attorney weighs in on proposed agreement for CCA


Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner

At the July 11 meeting of the city council, the proposed agreement concerning the future management of the Chatfield Center for the Arts (CCA) was debated.

At a July 7 special meeting of the city council, EDA, and the non-profit CCA, Inc., the proposed agreement was approved by the EDA. The non-profit had already approved the agreement. For details on that meeting I refer you to an article titled “EDA approves Chatfield Center for the Arts lease agreement” on page 19 in this issue.

The agreement clarifies responsibilities and authorities of each of the three entities. In the agreement the city for six years will subsidize the CCA. The non-profit will operate the CCA, take in revenue, and pay the bills. The EDA owns the facility. The city provides some funding to both the EDA and the CCA.

Attorney Fred Suhler was not in attendance at the combined meeting. This day he called the use of the word ‘lease’ in the agreement a “misnomer.” Suhler was concerned that the city would obligate itself to fund something in the future, three to four years down the road. He questioned whether the city should be in a contractual relationship with a non-profit. The EDA can have an agreement with the non-profit, acting as a buffer. The three bodies each have their own agenda.

City Clerk Joel Young said Suhler’s concerns are valid. He suggested it might be more efficient. cost less, to have the facility insured by the city. Suhler noted a landlord can require the tenant to have insurance.

No action was taken this day. Suhler and Young will work on creating an agreement between the EDA and the city concerning the operation of the CCA.

Water meter specifications

Because the low bidder in a previous bidding process would not have provided equipment that could read all data remotely from the street, the council decided at the June 27 meeting to reject all bids, revise the specifications, and rebid the project.

The previous specifications did not clearly require an ability to read all data remotely from the street.

Suhler expressed his concern that tightening up the specifications will reduce competition. In the revised specifications wording was added that a licensed plumber must be available on the job site during installation. Also, the sentence: “Third party installation companies will not be allowed” was a .....
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EDA approves Chatfield Center for the Arts lease agreement

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Government

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 ..... 
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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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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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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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Concerned Citizens – Writ of Mandamus vs. R-P Schools case dismissed

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

Rushford-Peterson Superintendent Chuck Ehler received the Order in the Responsible Citizens case on Monday, July 11, in which Judge Opat dismissed the case with prejudice for all of the reasons that were argued by Eric Quiring, of Ratwik, Rozak & Ma ..... 
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Medical examiner reports to County Board

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in All Government

R. Ross Reichard, MD, Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner Office, presented the examiner’s office annual report before the county board at the board’s July 12 meeting. This regional office serves seven counties. Commissioner Duane Bakke ..... 
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Rushford Council seeks appraisal of former municipal liquor store

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

It’s been nearly five years since Rushford voters checked their ballots in favor of closing the municipal liquor store and the city council is whittling down the last available unexplored option for the facility. Approved unanimously at the Monday ..... 
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