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Chatfield considers engineering proposals


Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Commentary

At the October 27 Chatfield City Council meeting councilors discussed two engineering proposals. The objective of the first proposal is to solve the freezing problem of the north bio-solids tank. The purpose for the second proposal is improvement of the drainage channel bounded by Union St. to the north, Cliff St. to the south, Main St. to the west, and Burr Oak Avenue to the east.

Dillon Dombrovski, WSB, presented an engineering proposal at a cost not to exceed $19,810 for the design, bidding, and construction administration for the installation of an aerobic digester cover to preserve heat on the north bio-solids tank to prevent freezing. The issue had been discussed at the Public Works committee. Freezing has been a problem during last winter and winters previous. Freezing requires Wastewater Treatment Plant staff to manually break the ice, which is dangerous and inefficient. Early estimates for the cost of the cover and installation are $120,000 or more. The council approved the engineering proposal as recommended by Public Works committee. Construction would not be expected to start until the summer of 2015.

Another engineering proposal to evaluate erosion in the drainage ditch described above and to look at options to stabilize the banks was approved. Dombrovski noted that concerned property owners had attended Public Works committee meetings in September and October. There has been substantial erosion in recent years. The engineering proposal has a not to exceed fee of $4,725.

Tony Lammers explained there is significant erosion in the waterway near Highway 52. While the WSB study is being completed to improve the whole ditch area, Lammers suggested that they slow down the erosion near the highway by placing riprap on that side of the ditch. An estimate from Griffin Construction at a cost of $4,155 was approved to do this work.

Other Business In Brief

•Councilor Ken Jacobson reported on the Park and Recreation committee. No action was taken on any item. A WSB proposal to provide an estimated cost for a fishing pier replacement and stream bank restoration was discussed. Total estimated costs for the professional services and the construction together were about $55,000. This cost included the donation of fishing pier materials by the Minnesota DNR. Councilors Jacobson, Mike Urban, and Robert Pederson agreed this cost to the city is too high. Jacobson said they should step back and .....
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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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Guest Commentary: The continuing success of the ACA

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Commentary

By Herb Panko, Chatfield, MN I find it amazing that so many of the Obamacare detractors keep acting like spoiled children who didn’t get their way. They continue living in a magical world, thinking that the ACA will just disappear. (Read Davids ..... 
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