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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 Smith and councilor Dave Frank were absent.

The request was introduced and discussed at an August 11 Public Works Committee meeting. The planned addition to the church building would require building over the alley. The church expects to cover reasonable costs that may occur if the alley is vacated, for example moving utilities.

The church owns about three-quarters of the block and there is one other property owner on the block. The request is to vacate the alley between Fillmore St. and Winona St. from the middle of 300 block north to Third St. SE. The addition on the church would go toward Winona St. Pastor Mark Docken in a letter explained that the extra space “would benefit the community of Chatfield, especially youth and families.” He notes that the other property owner, Dave and Terri Dudek, supports the request.

The request at this time at this point in the church’s planning was to find out if the city council would support the request should the church decide to go ahead with the improvement.

Councilors Robert Pederson and Paul Novotny serve on Public Works. One issue discussed in committee was the problem the city may encounter when plowing snow if half the alley were to be vacated.

Docken spoke at the council meeting clearing up the question councilors had whether another option to build along Fillmore St. was reasonable. He said the consulting architect believes the design to build into the alley is the far superior design. Docken maintained that parking space is crucial to any public building. The church wants to do a feasibility study if the council signals they would be willing to vacate the alley. The study is not to decide which direction is more reasonable to build, but whether to do it now or later.

Pederson in committee stated that he does not like to vacate public right of way. This day he insisted the city’s alleys which are 20 feet wide were laid out for the people of Chatfield, adding we have to decide whether or not to take a real piece of the people’s property away from them. He went on to say it is great that the church wants to invest in Chatfield.

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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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Stipends OK’d for Chatfield EMTs

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Ambulance Director Susan Kester addressed the Chatfield City Council at their August 11 meeting about the problem she has had getting volunteers to cover weekend hours. She noted that other ambulance services are also finding it difficult to get peo ..... 
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Chatfield grills Mediacom representative

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Councilors made it clear at the Chatfield City Council’s July 28 meeting that Mediacom customers in Chatfield were displeased with the recent channel changes made by the company. Councilors Paul Novotny and Dave Frank were absent. Lee Grassley, ..... 
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Help Our Neighbors/tourism center

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the July 14 Chatfield City Council meeting a proposal from Help Our Neighbors (HON) to share space at the Tourism Center was approved. This non-profit organization was established in 2012 to help senior citizens stay in their homes. HON will s ..... 
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Chatfield awards 2014 public works improvement contract to Zenke, Inc.

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

After considerable discussion the Chatfield City Council made the contract award to Zenke, Inc., LaCrescent, at their June 23 meeting. Dillon Dombrovski, WSB, had recommended awarding the contract to Zenke at the city council’s June 9 meeting. ..... 
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Chatfield hears plans to host the Relay for Life

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Deb Jorgenson addressed councilors at their June 9 meeting about a proposal to host the Fillmore County Relay for Life in 2015 and 2016. Councilor Robert Pederson was absent. Jorgenson and Wendy Kirchner have been working on plans to host the even ..... 
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Chatfield Center for the Arts to get a facelift

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Governor Mark Dayton signed two bills on May 20 authorizing more than a billion dollars to be spent on projects across the state of Minnesota. The $200 million cash bill for construction projects includes $5,352,000 for the Chatfield Center for the ..... 
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Chatfield renews electric franchise

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

With the 20-year renewal of Chatfield’s electric franchise some changes are expected in the near future. Keith Sherman representing Alliant Energy, Brian Krambeer representing Tri-County Electric Cooperative, and Elaine Garry representing People ..... 
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