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Chatfield discusses allowing a food vendor use of a city parking lot


Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the October 13 Chatfield city council meeting a request from Joseph Lawler, Anthony’s Wood-Fired Pizza, to set up a food truck in the parking lot next to the library (corner of Main St. and Third St.) was discussed. The request was to set up on Thursdays in October to test the market. If successful, Lawler hoped to return each Thursday starting next spring.

Lawler intends to make a donation to a local charity, a percentage of sales, in return for use of the parking lot. Thursdays at the library parking lot location is preferred due to the proximity to City Park, the Growers’ Market and band concerts. Five parking slots would be needed.

Both the Park and Recreation Committee and the EDA had reviewed this request before it came to the city council. Park and Rec noted that the truck business has an arrangement in Stewartville for one day a week and the business is conducted in a municipal parking lot. The committee was open to the business coming to town, but didn’t believe a public space should be used for a private business. They felt it was not fair to other like food businesses in town that purchase or lease property and pay property taxes for their business.

The committee suggested Lawler set up in a private parking lot that has been zoned commercial. EDA members were also concerned about fairness to other businesses. They also asked about other future vendors that may want to use a city parking lot?

City clerk Joel Young noted that the city has allowed produce vendors to use the city lot near the library without a permit or fees, adding that they only use one parking stall. Lawler’s request would be closer to a typical business.

Councilor Robert Pederson commented that the truck business would use a quarter of the parking lot, make a donation, and drive away while other businesses pay property taxes. Councilor Ken Jacobson said the only issue he had with this request was the fairness issue.

Young said if Lawler were to find a private parking lot for set up, the city would not be involved. Councilor Paul Novotny noted mobile food stands are becoming popular and felt it would be great to have the truck vendor come to town and try something new. However, he didn’t feel the council should allow the vendor to use five parking spots in a city lot.

City attorney Fred Suhler said if they allow this vendor, what about the second or third guy that wants .....
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Letter about the Constitution...

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common Defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the blessings of Liberty to ourselve ..... 
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Chatfield’s heartfelt thanks to legislators

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Commentary

After repeated attempts over the years to secure state funding for the renovation of the Chatfield Center for the Arts, the tenacity of a dedicated group of the center’s promoters paid off. Legislators who were instrumental in getting the Center f ..... 
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Chatfield looks to the future

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Chatfield councilors, at their September 22 meeting, were joined by the Planning Commission, the Economic Development Authority (EDA), and some city staff members to hear presentations that may broaden their perspective for the city’s future. DMC ..... 
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Chatfield Brass Band Invites New Members

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in Chatfield All

The Chatfield Brass (and woodwind) Band invites new members to join the group as they begin their fall rehearsal schedule. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm in the Chatfield Elementary School band room. The first rehearsal is on Thurs ..... 
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Chatfield Brass Band Invites New Members

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

The Chatfield Brass (and woodwind) Band invites new members to join the group as they begin their fall rehearsal schedule. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm in the Chatfield Elementary School band room. The first rehearsal is on Thurs ..... 
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The Sudden Lovelys come to Chatfield Center for the Arts September 6

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Social Scenes

On Saturday, September 6, The Sudden Lovelys will present their unique brand of aggressive folk music at the Chatfield Center for the Arts’ Legion Room, in Chatfield. $20 tickets are available and the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Advance Ticke ..... 
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Chatfield discusses church request to vacate alley

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

During the August 25 Chatfield City Council meeting, Allison Allen, representing Chatfield Lutheran Church, reviewed the improvement plan for the church and the reason for the request to vacate a portion of the alley behind the church. Mayor Russ Sm ..... 
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Chatfield discusses church request to vacate alley

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

During the August 25 Chatfield City Council meeting, Allison Allen, representing Chatfield Lutheran Church, reviewed the improvement plan for the church and the reason for the request to vacate a portion of the alley behind the church. Mayor Russ Sm ..... 
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