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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 people willing to sign up for weekend call time.

Kester praised the people on the ambulance crew, but acknowledged that people put in fewer hours than they did in the past. She asked the council to consider paying the EMTs that are on call during the weekend hours a $2 per hour stipend to encourage sign up for these hours. The stipend would be in addition to any stipend that may be earned while on an actual call.

The difficulty in covering the hours of 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday was discussed at a recent Public Services Committee meeting and the committee favored the implementation of a stipend on weekends. Two EMTs must be scheduled to be on call at all times.

The weekend on call stipend would cost an additional $240 per weekend or $12,480 per year. Kester asked that the stipend be implemented immediately and it would cost $4,800 for the remainder of 2014. The weekend on call stipend was approved.

Kester noted that an increase in training fees has been figured into the next budget to cover these hours.

Bond Sale

David Drown explained that the council had authorized the competitive sale of General Obligation Bonds a couple of weeks ago for the 2014 Street and Utility Improvements. The bond sale for the $1,725,000 improvement project resulted in five bids. Raymond James and Associates, Inc. had the most favorable bid with a purchase price of $1,751,683 and a 1.9 percent effective interest rate over the life of the 10 year bond. This lowest cost deal was accepted and is scheduled to close September 2.

Other Business In Brief

•The first payment to Zenke, Inc. for the 2014 Improvement projects in the amount of $210,448.25 was approved. Dillon Dombrovski, WSB and Associates, noted there is a 5 percent retainage each month in the event that any problems have to be remedied down the road. City Clerk Joel Young said everything has been going surprisingly well, the water has been shut off from time to time and people have been pretty understanding

•Young explained the terms of a proposal to pay off assessments on Fingerson-Donahoe Subdivision Second Phase Lots (originally eight residential lo .....
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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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Mutton busting during Chatfield Western Days

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Dean Hilsman, President of the Chatfield Lions Club, asked the city council at their May 12 meeting for permission to sponsor a Mutton Busting event on the evening of Thursday, August 7 at Mill Creek Park. The family orientated event will entertai ..... 
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Cancer benefit motorcycle ride

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Jeff Hare, Jac’s Bar and Grill, detailed plans for a 150-mile biker ride at the Chatfield City Council’s April 28 meeting. Mayor Russ Smith was absent. Hare reported that local bikers have put together plans for a cancer benefit ride on May 17. ..... 
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