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Chatfield Center for the Arts annual update


Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

F. Mike Tuohy, representing the Chatfield Center for the Arts (CCA) volunteer committee, addressed the city council at their April 14 meeting. He started the annual report with this big question. Where are we at with the Minnesota bonding bill? The answer, “We don’t know.”

Tuohy said if we don’t get the money, we stay where we are. The bonding requested for the CCA would be just for the renovation of the building and work on the site. Renovation of the CCA is expected to cost about $8 million. Bonding funds will not go toward operating or maintenance expenses. Significant improvements to the CCA have been made over the last several years with the help of volunteers and the donation of their time. However, it will take funding to make the planned big remodel improvements.

Tuohy said the regional aspect is growing, noting that at a recent program about two-thirds of those in attendance were from out of town. He maintained he didn’t see any dark clouds in the future, adding the CCA is bigger than just the city of Chatfield. Ideally, $5 million should be raised creating an endowment, so the city doesn’t need to continue to invest in the CCA. Tuohy stated the “investment shouldn’t be forever... but the returns should be forever.”

It was noted that Rep. Alice Hausman (DFL), Chair of House Capital Investment Committee, is pushing for the CCA to be included in the bonding bill.

A job creation analysis due to the renovation of the CCA estimated that 89 jobs would be created by the construction project. Another 55 jobs could be created indirectly related to tourism, operation of the CCA, and through greater demand for goods and services in Chatfield’s business district. Further investment in the CCA is projected to have a significant positive economic impact on the community.

Fire house kitchen

Up to $30,000 was approved for renovation of the fire hall kitchen (Councilor Dave Frank abstained). Councilor Mike Urban commented that the kitchen really did need some TLC. There were two bids. The lower bid from Paul Tuohy, Tuohy Construction, was accepted.

The kitchen is old and outdated. The remodel including new cabinets will make it more usable and easier to clean. An overhead door will be installed to help close it off. Members of the fire department plan to do a lot of the work themselves. Funding will come from charitable gambling gains.

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Chatfield EDA and City Council hold joint meeting

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

In order to establish tax increment financing district (TIF) No. 2-5 the two bodies met together at the city council’s March 24 meeting. A public hearing was held on the modification of the municipal development district No. 2. No. 2-5 notes the ..... 
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CUP for apartments in Chatfield general commercial district issued

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the Chatfield City Council’s March 10 meeting an application submitted by property owners Geoff and Monica Griffin to construct four apartments in their building located at 15 Third Street SE was approved. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent. ..... 
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Chatfield to forgo billing for extra water and sewer costs

Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Chatfield encourages residents with drinking water temperature of 40 degrees or lower to run their water continuously to prevent freezing of lateral water lines, a water main freezing, or a broken water main. Councilors approved the averaging of eac ..... 
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Chatfield plans for Family Dollar store

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the February 10 Chatfield City Council meeting a resolution was adopted allowing the Chatfield EDA to enter into a purchase agreement to sell land for the future location of a Family Dollar store. The 0.85 acres is in the Twiford Redevelopment ..... 
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Location an issue for Veterans Memorial in Chatfield

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the January 27 meeting of the Chatfield City Council an appropriate location for a Veterans Memorial proposed by the Chatfield American Legion Club was discussed at length. Councilor Paul Novotny was absent. Jerry Baudoin representing the Legi ..... 
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Chatfield accepts engineering proposal for St. Albans Place

Fri, Jan 17th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the January 13 Chatfield City Council meeting councilors split the engineering responsibilities for the four 2014 street improvement projects planned. The city’s engineering firm WSB will do the engineering work for three of them. G-Cubed wil ..... 
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Chatfield reconsiders portion of engineering proposal

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

At a special meeting of the Chatfield City Council on December 30 councilors discussed a decision made at their November 25 meeting. At the November meeting it was suggested that WSB’s projected engineering fee for St. Albans Place improvements ..... 
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Chatfield 2014 levy down slightly

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the December 9 meeting of the Chatfield City Council the 2014 final budget and property tax levy was adopted showing a decrease of .0002 percent in the levy or about $24. The total 2014 levy will be $1,225,793. City Clerk Joel Young credited th ..... 
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