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Possible restrictions on use of city parking lots


Mon, May 16th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Government

During the May 9 meeting of the Chatfield City Council, possible restrictions for the use of city parking lots were discussed. City Clerk Joel Young noted that the issue came up late last fall about the use of the lots by private individuals selling produce, goods and services.

Young asked the council if they want an ordinance drafted, which would make vendors aware that they will no longer be using city parking lots. Vendors would be encouraged to find private property for their sales.

City attorney Fred Suhler explained there is nothing in the city ordinances at this time restricting the use of parking lots. Any restrictions will have to apply to everybody and all city parking lots need to be considered. He continued asking what restrictions are appropriate for parking areas that the city maintains. Can’t sell? Can’t solicit?

Suhler said restricting parking lots will not prevent a vendor from parking on the street to sell corn. He said it makes sense to create rules that are uniform.

Councilor Paul Novotny said there have been safety concerns with vendors in the library parking lot, due to traffic and congestion. Councilor Robert Pederson noted that he had received calls complaining that the vendor was using three parking spaces in the library lot.

Suhler suggested this is both a Parks and Public Services issue, involving two committees. Mayor Russ Smith said if you allow use for one individual, it should be allowed for everybody.

No action was taken.

Fundraising for

Chatfield Public Schools

Alesha Worden and Kari Friederichs asked for the council’s approval to use City Park on September 1 for a fundraising event for the Chatfield Elementary School. There will be a concert at Potter Auditorium at 7 p.m. featuring the Okee Dokee Brothers. Proceeds will be given directly to the school district to be used for the purchase of books, field trips, science kits and updated playground equipment.

City Park will be used to provide additional entertainment, beverages and food from 5-7 p.m. prior to the concert. The use of City Park was approved.

Other business in brief

A donation of 20 of the city’s oldest picnic tables to Orion Township and two tables to Fillmore County Historical Society was approved. Brian Burkholder noted that the city has received donations to purchase 23 new tables. He .....
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Third annual cancer benefit in Chatfield

Mon, May 2nd, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Government

Jeff Hare, Jac’s Bar and Grill, made a request at the Chatfield City Council’s April 25 meeting to close a portion of Second St. for the third annual Kick Cancer benefit. Councilor Paul Novotny was absent. The request to close Second St. from ..... 
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Chatfield City Charter amendment process begins

Mon, Apr 18th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Government

City Clerk Joel Young presented his proposals to amend the Chatfield City Charter at the city council’s April 11 meeting. Councilor Dave Frank was absent. Young made note of the 15 citizens that are serving on the Charter Commission. They have h ..... 
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Plans for Mill Creek channel restoration expanded

Mon, Apr 4th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Government

Luke Lunde, soil and environmental scientist, explained at the March 28 Chatfield City Council meeting that the planned Mill Creek stream bank restoration will now include 1,200 linear feet. The original proposal for the fishing pier replacement and ..... 
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Chatfield adopts Park Master Plan

Mon, Mar 21st, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Government

At a March 10 special meeting of the Chatfield City Council, the 2016 Park and Recreation Master Plan initiated in January of 2015 was adopted as presented by Kristi Clarke, planning consultant. Councilors Dave Frank and Ken Jacobson were absent. Th ..... 
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Chatfield approves advanced refunding of bonds

Mon, Feb 29th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the February 22 Chatfield City Council meeting, Mike Bubany, Drown & Associates, reported significant net savings with the advanced refunding of bonds issued in 2010/Thurber Building and in 2011/Wastewater Treatment Plant. Councilor Ken Jacobson ..... 
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Chatfield discusses financing options for storm water improvements

Mon, Feb 15th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the February 8 meeting of the Chatfield City Council, possible options to pay for needed storm water improvements were discussed. The two most likely funding streams for funding storm water improvements and maintenance are either through the ta ..... 
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What swimming facility will Chatfield residents want?

Mon, Feb 1st, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the Chatfield City Council’s January 25 meeting, the city’s swimming pool and its future was again discussed. Councilor Paul Novotny was absent. Burbach Aquatics, Inc. has done an analysis on the current pool. They have determined that the ..... 
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Chatfield considers refunding bonds to realize net savings

Mon, Jan 18th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Government

Mike Bubany, David Drown Associates, explained how the city could possibly enjoy a net savings of $300,000 or more by refunding bonds issued in 2010 (Thurber Building) and 2011 (Wastewater Treatment) at the city council’s January 11 meeting. Counc ..... 
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