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Chatfield reduces 2015 proposed levy increase


Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government



Two public hearings were held at Chatfield’s December 8 meeting. The first was an assessment hearing on the 2014 Street and Utility Improvement Projects. The last, was the city’s Truth In Taxation hearing.

Properties along Bench Street had improvements to the street, sidewalk, curb and gutter, water and sanitary sewer systems. Dillon Dombrovski, WSB, explained that some paving and miscellaneous work will be completed in the spring. The total proposed assessment is $183,785 and each property owner that received a new sanitary sewer service is to be assessed $1,254. Property owners can prepay any portion of the assessment prior to the certification of the assessment of the first installment to the county auditor. Any remaining unpaid balance can be paid spread out over a 10 year period with the general collectible taxes starting in 2015, interest to be added to the unpaid balance at a rate of 2.93 percent per annum.

The assessment amount of $1,254 is slightly lower than the estimate ($1,312) made this last spring at the improvement hearing. Only one comment came from the public. A business owner asked for clarification and noted the inconvenience and probable financial loss to the business during construction. The assessment roll as presented was approved.

A second resolution was approved for assessments against property owners along Twiford Street. The assessment totaling $134,879 will be assessed starting in 2016. Interest will begin accruing in 2015 at 2.93 percent. Dombrovski explained that per the development agreement the total cost of improvements including street, curb and gutter, water and sanitary sewer systems is to be assessed minus grant funds provided for this project. There is to be no cost to the city for these improvements.

Truth in taxation

City clerk Joel Young started his budget message by noting primary goals including, but not limited to: limiting increases in the levy, minimizing the sanitary sewer debt burden by using a portion of General Fund dollars to help with the debt, maintaining strong public safety services, maintaining city infrastructure, and protecting the city’s strong bond rating and strong financial position.

The city will temporarily reduce the street overlay budget from $125,000 to $15,000 to allow payment for extra debt expenses associated with the 2014 Street Improvement Project ($110,000). The police budget is to .....
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Drive safely this snowmobile season

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

As another snowmobile season gets underway, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources encourages snowmobilers to get this season off to a smooth, safe start. Snowmobile trails in Minnesota opened Dec. 1. Minnesota residents born after Dec. 3 ..... 
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Peterson looks at nuisance abatement

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

The city of Peterson has spent more than a year, in some cases, trying to find a remedy to properties that are deemed in violation of the nuisance ordinance. The properties in question, 10 originally, were in violation according to the city, with ..... 
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Quick Starters

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in All Sports

The first week of the basketball season saw four county teams have things go as well as could be expected. Chatfield’s girls flawlessly got through a busy week. R-P’s b-ball teams, on a small scale, mimicked last season’s starts. FC’s girls ..... 
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College news

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in All Education

Graduations •Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minn.: Joshua LaPlante (Bachelor of Science) of Chatfield, Minn.; Corey Keene (Bachelor of Science in Rec, Parks & Leisure Services) of Preston, Minn., Jared Langseth (Masters of Science, Anthropo ..... 
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Fillmore County Police Reports - 12.15.14

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in All Police Reports

Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Tyler Ryan Isaacson, 25, Wykoff, Minn.; 10/20/2014, Seat Belt Required – Driver and Passenger Must Use, Total Fees $115. Michael Lee Luck, 22, Lanesboro, Minn.; 10/28/2014, Speeding (55/30), Fine $70, Total F ..... 
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“Ask a trooper” 12.15.14

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in All Police Reports

Question: I have noticed that not all passing lanes are marked as such. I’ve also noticed there are combination right turn and passing lanes. As I understand a right turn lane is not to be used as a passing lane. In fact, passing on the right is ..... 
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Festive Christmas events planned at Historic Lenora Church

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in All Social Scenes

During the Advent and Christmas Season, festive events are planned at the historic (1856) Lenora United Methodist Church located in the small Fillmore County Village of Lenora. The wood stove with crackle with heat on winter, snowy nights and the oi ..... 
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Happenings in Henrytown

By Winifred Eiken

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in All Social Scenes

Josh Smith entertained Schultz family Sunday for brunch at Wings in Dorchester, Iowa in honor of his mom, Theresa Newgard’s birthday. Grandpa Gary and Gramma Pat were also guests of the family celebration. Diane Schultz (Mrs. Norman), Pleasant Grov ..... 
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