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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 improvements to the street, sidewalk, curb and gutter, water and sanitary sewer systems. Dillon Dombrovski, WSB, explained that some paving and miscellaneous work will be completed in the spring. The total proposed assessment is $183,785 and each property owner that received a new sanitary sewer service is to be assessed $1,254. Property owners can prepay any portion of the assessment prior to the certification of the assessment of the first installment to the county auditor. Any remaining unpaid balance can be paid spread out over a 10 year period with the general collectible taxes starting in 2015, interest to be added to the unpaid balance at a rate of 2.93 percent per annum.

The assessment amount of $1,254 is slightly lower than the estimate ($1,312) made this last spring at the improvement hearing. Only one comment came from the public. A business owner asked for clarification and noted the inconvenience and probable financial loss to the business during construction. The assessment roll as presented was approved.

A second resolution was approved for assessments against property owners along Twiford Street. The assessment totaling $134,879 will be assessed starting in 2016. Interest will begin accruing in 2015 at 2.93 percent. Dombrovski explained that per the development agreement the total cost of improvements including street, curb and gutter, water and sanitary sewer systems is to be assessed minus grant funds provided for this project. There is to be no cost to the city for these improvements.

Truth in taxation

City clerk Joel Young started his budget message by noting primary goals including, but not limited to: limiting increases in the levy, minimizing the sanitary sewer debt burden by using a portion of General Fund dollars to help with the debt, maintaining strong public safety services, maintaining city infrastructure, and protecting the city’s strong bond rating and strong financial position.

The city will temporarily reduce the street overlay budget from $125,000 to $15,000 to allow payment for extra debt expenses associated with the 2014 Street Improvement Project ($110,000). The police budget is to .....
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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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Chatfield discusses allowing a food vendor use of a city parking lot

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the October 13 Chatfield city council meeting a request from Joseph Lawler, Anthony’s Wood-Fired Pizza, to set up a food truck in the parking lot next to the library (corner of Main St. and Third St.) was discussed. The request was to set up on ..... 
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Chatfield looks to the future

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Chatfield councilors, at their September 22 meeting, were joined by the Planning Commission, the Economic Development Authority (EDA), and some city staff members to hear presentations that may broaden their perspective for the city’s future. DMC ..... 
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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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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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