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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 Thursdays in October to test the market. If successful, Lawler hoped to return each Thursday starting next spring.

Lawler intends to make a donation to a local charity, a percentage of sales, in return for use of the parking lot. Thursdays at the library parking lot location is preferred due to the proximity to City Park, the Growers’ Market and band concerts. Five parking slots would be needed.

Both the Park and Recreation Committee and the EDA had reviewed this request before it came to the city council. Park and Rec noted that the truck business has an arrangement in Stewartville for one day a week and the business is conducted in a municipal parking lot. The committee was open to the business coming to town, but didn’t believe a public space should be used for a private business. They felt it was not fair to other like food businesses in town that purchase or lease property and pay property taxes for their business.

The committee suggested Lawler set up in a private parking lot that has been zoned commercial. EDA members were also concerned about fairness to other businesses. They also asked about other future vendors that may want to use a city parking lot?

City clerk Joel Young noted that the city has allowed produce vendors to use the city lot near the library without a permit or fees, adding that they only use one parking stall. Lawler’s request would be closer to a typical business.

Councilor Robert Pederson commented that the truck business would use a quarter of the parking lot, make a donation, and drive away while other businesses pay property taxes. Councilor Ken Jacobson said the only issue he had with this request was the fairness issue.

Young said if Lawler were to find a private parking lot for set up, the city would not be involved. Councilor Paul Novotny noted mobile food stands are becoming popular and felt it would be great to have the truck vendor come to town and try something new. However, he didn’t feel the council should allow the vendor to use five parking spots in a city lot.

City attorney Fred Suhler said if they allow this vendor, what about the second or third guy that wants .....
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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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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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