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Chatfield to hire Superintendent of City Services


Mon, Jul 20th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

After Tony Lammers announced his intention to retire, a hiring process started in late April. Councilors at their July 13 meeting voted unanimously to offer the Superintendent of City Services position to Brian Burkholder. Burkholder has been employed by the city for over eight years and, of late, has been the Water Superintendent.

Tony Lammers has served the city for more than 31 years. His retirement is effective September 11. At a June 25 special meeting, three candidates were interviewed for the position. No decision was made at that meeting. At a later date, Brad Boice, currently employed with Eyota Public Works, was the council’s first choice by a 3-2 vote. Boice later declined the job offer, deciding to stay with his current employment.

Councilor Robert Pederson maintained that both Boice and Burkholder are very qualified and suggested they move forward with the runner-up rather than starting the hiring process over. Councilor Paul Novotny acknowledged that there had been a lot of comments from the public since the last meeting. He insisted as councilors that they were “looking out for the best interests of the town.” Councilor Ken Jacobson related that he was comfortable with the process and didn’t believe that an employee should just be “bumped up”.

Ga-ga ball pit

Grant Griffin asked for permission from the council to construct a ga-ga ball pit in the Mill Creek Park area. Griffin was proposing the construction of the pit as his Eagle Scout final project. He will purchase the material and construct the pit. The pit is an 8-sided 20 foot diameter court. He described the game to be played in the pit as “basically dodge ball in a confined area”. The pit will likely be located behind the skate park. A sign will be constructed and placed near the pit listing the rules of the game.

The Park and Recreation Committee had recommended that the proposal be brought to the council. Councilor Mike Urban said he had looked the game up on YouTube and said it looked like an interesting game. Approval was given for construction of the ga-ga ball pit with the exact location to be determined by Tony Lammers.

Other business in brief

Authorization was given for plans and specifications to be developed for a digester cover for the wastewater treatment facility. In 2005, a second aerobic digester was constructed to increase biosolids processing capacity. This .....
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Chatfield hires deputy city clerk

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

The Chatfield City Council authorized the hire of Beth Carlson to fill the deputy city clerk position at the June 22 council meeting. Councilors Robert Pederson and Ken Jacobson were absent. City Clerk Joel Young reported that there had been 25 ap ..... 
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Chatfield applies for additional state funding

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

The Chatfield city council at their June 8 meeting authorized an application for 2016 state bonding funds. City clerk Joel Young said state legislators invited them back to apply for additional funding. This funding will be for Phase II renovations ..... 
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Chatfield recognizes 2015 Preservation Month

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the May 26 Chatfield city council meeting Mayor Russ Smith proclaimed May 2015 as Preservation Month. Each year a preservation award is presented to someone who has worked to preserve the heritage of Chatfield through its historic or architectura ..... 
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Chatfield authorizes K-9 unit trial run

Mon, May 18th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

Police Chief Shane Fox recommended that they go ahead with necessary purchases to start a K-9 unit on a “trial” basis at the city council’s May 11 meeting. He maintained it will benefit the city and will be an additional deterrent to crime. Th ..... 
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Chatfield establishes new TIF district

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

The Chatfield City Council held a joint meeting with the Chatfield EDA on April 27. Alicia Hinckly and EB Allen of H and A Real Estate want to build a “Cabin Coffee” restaurant on property at the west side of North Main St. at the Union St. inte ..... 
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Chatfield supports downtown improvements

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

Chris Geisen, Economic Development Authority Coordinator, described guidelines for a historic downtown improvement program at the Chatfield City Council’s April 13 meeting. This EDA program is designed to restore building facades in the downtown B ..... 
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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 ..... 
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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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