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Chatfield adopts 2015 Comprehensive Plan


Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

A 2015 update of the Comprehensive Plan adopted in 2008 was approved at the city council’s March 9 meeting. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent.

The work to update the plan started in January of 2014. The Chatfield Economic Development Authority (EDA), city council, and Chatfield residents have all provided some input in the development of the updated plan. A community wide survey was taken in the fall of 2014. Kristi Clarke, Planning and Development Coordinator, said there was a lot of feedback with the survey and a significant number of the surveys were returned.

There was a public review period from early February to early March 2015. One of the last steps in the process was a public hearing held on March 2, 2015, by the Planning and Zoning Commission. At that time there were no additional comments from the public. P & Z voted unanimously to send the 2015 update of the plan to the city council for their consideration.

The city council unanimously approved a resolution adopting the updated plan. The city’s comprehensive plan includes “guidelines, goals and policies relating to the future growth of the community.”

Clarke reviewed the P & Z annual report. Three ordinance amendments were made concerning non-commercial speech signs, the allowance of two unique parcels to share a single 50 foot street access, and the allowance of brewpubs and distilleries in commercial and industrial zones.

A total of 62 building permits were issued in 2014, of which 8 were for new residential construction, 34 for additions or remodels, and 15 for re-roofing.

The total value of all residential construction was $1.89 million and the total value of commercial construction was $904,233. The population grew by 13 people (2013). Total revenues for the city including permits and hook-up fees for sewer and water was over $85,000 in 2014 compared to $12,600 in 2013.

Other Business In Brief

•First district Fillmore County Commissioner candidate Karen Reisner (this reporter) of Chatfield Township introduced herself. She has covered the county board for this paper for over 10 years as well as other local government entities. Reisner has a background in agriculture (specifically dairy). She is currently a member of the Fillmore County EDA and has been for 6 years.

•Reisner and Mike Holzer of Wykoff filed for the position. Mitch Lentz of Spring Valley Town .....
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Chatfield approves engineering studies

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

Dillon Dombrovski, WSB, reviewed his proposals for engineering services for two projects at the February 23 Chatfield City Council meeting. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent. At this time there are no pedestrian facilities on the west side of High ..... 
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Chatfield approves first consideration for three ordinances

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

Early in January the Chatfield City Council authorized city attorney Fred Suhler to draft three ordinances. The first consideration on each of these ordinances was approved at the February 9 meeting. Councilors Dave Frank and Paul Novotny were ab ..... 
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Chatfield fills EMS support position

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

During a relatively brief Chatfield City Council meeting held January 26, Rocky Burnett was introduced and hired to fill the EMS Support Position vacated by Nancy Timm, the new deputy clerk. Ambulance Director Sue Kester reported that there had ..... 
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Chatfield discusses recommended ordinance changes

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the annual meeting of the Chatfield City Council on January 12, City Clerk Joel Young administered the oath of office to Mayor Russ Smith and councilors Paul Novotny and Mike Urban. Each of the three had been re-elected in the general electio ..... 
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Chatfield hires deputy clerk

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

At a special meeting of the Chatfield city council held on December 29, Nancy Timm was hired as the new deputy city clerk effective January 12, 2015. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent. Former deputy clerk Mary Peterson resigned to take a position ..... 
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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 i ..... 
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Chatfield proposes fee increases

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

At a relatively brief November 24 Chatfield city council meeting, the first consideration of the Omnibus Fee ordinance was approved. Among the increases is a proposed 4.5 percent increase in the base monthly water fee and a 4.5 percent increase pe ..... 
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Chatfield to look at options for aging swimming pool

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Chatfield’s city council approved an agreement with Burbach Aquatics, Inc. to have them evaluate the condition of the city’s swimming pool at their November 10 meeting. Councilor Paul Novotny was absent. The city’s swimming pool is half a ce ..... 
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