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What swimming facility will Chatfield residents want?


Mon, Feb 1st, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the Chatfield City Council’s January 25 meeting, the city’s swimming pool and its future was again discussed. Councilor Paul Novotny was absent.

Burbach Aquatics, Inc. has done an analysis on the current pool. They have determined that the 50 year old main pool vessel could be renovated. To accomplish the renovation of the pools and building, bringing them up to current code, it is expected to cost $825,000. These improvements could make the facility serviceable for another 20-25 years.

Councilors questioned whether they wanted to spend nearly $1 million to end up with basically the same facility. Robert Pederson suggested they should look further than just fixing it. He acknowledged that in the end they may just fix it. Mayor Russ Smith wants to know what people want, if they are willing to do more, possibly an aquatic center. Ken Jacobson agreed that they should see if people want to do more, adding he personally doesn’t want to spend $1 million to just fix what we have.

The council approved a motion to accept a proposal from Burbach Aquatics to do step two at a cost of $3,200. This will involve the evaluation of sites, the determination of the community’s needs (present and future), the estimation of construction and operating costs, and the provision of a design that could best meet the community’s needs.

Other business in brief

• Approval was given for Dunham & Associates to conduct a technical analysis of the HVAC system in the Thurber Building. The analysis will cost $4,500. City Clerk Joel Young explained the building is heated and cooled with multiple units. Originally, it was designed to be heated with hot water and had no ventilation system. A forced air conversion was made in the mid 1990’s. The multi-unit system provides inconsistent heat between various rooms in the building. This analysis will evaluate the system, not fix it.

• Brian Burkholder, public works, reported that the maintenance of the city’s well #2 is past due. It was last serviced in May, 2000. Estimated labor and equipment costs will be $8,900, as quoted by Thein Well. Any materials needed for repairs are not included in the quote. Burkholder suggested that the work could be done in March or April. While this well is being serviced, the city’s water supply will still be adequate. The expenditure for servicing the well was authorized.

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Chatfield considers refunding bonds to realize net savings

Mon, Jan 18th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Government

Mike Bubany, David Drown Associates, explained how the city could possibly enjoy a net savings of $300,000 or more by refunding bonds issued in 2010 (Thurber Building) and 2011 (Wastewater Treatment) at the city council’s January 11 meeting. Counc ..... 
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Chatfield certifies final levy for 2016

Mon, Dec 21st, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

The Chatfield City Council met for their last meeting of 2015 on December 14. City clerk Joel Young presented a look back at 2015 and a look forward to 2016 during the Truth in Taxation public hearing. Chatfield had several capital acquisitions in ..... 
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Chatfield approves 2016 fee ordinance

Mon, Nov 30th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner At the November 23 Chatfield City Council meeting, the first consideration of the 2016 proposed fee schedule was approved. Councilors Robert Pederson and Paul Novotny were absent. City Clerk Joel Young noted changes in the fee sc ..... 
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Public works issues in Chatfield

Mon, Nov 16th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the November 9 Chatfield City Council meeting, a number of public works related issues were discussed. Approval was given ordering a proposal from a mechanical engineer to analyze the current heating and cooling systems in the Thurber Building ..... 
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Chatfield increases Fire Department officer pay

Mon, Nov 2nd, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

The Chatfield City Council at their October 26 meeting approved the doubling of fire officer’s pay. This pay increase was recommended after being discussed in the Public Services Committee. Councilor Robert Pederson said they did question the am ..... 
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Gaga ball pit installed

Mon, Oct 19th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

During a relatively brief meeting of the Chatfield City Council on October 12, it was reported that the Gaga ball pit has been installed in Mill Creek Park on an existing sand volleyball court. City Clerk Joel Young noted that one Mom has stopped ..... 
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Chatfield hires wastewater treatment plant operator

Mon, Sep 28th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

The Chatfield city council convened a special meeting on September 21 to consider hiring a wastewater treatment plant operator. Six people applied for the position, of which three were interviewed. Superintendent of city services Brian Burkholder ..... 
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Chatfield restructures pay grid

Mon, Aug 31st, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

City Clerk Joel Young explained at the city council’s August 24 meeting that Chatfield’s pay grid is low compared to other cities of the same size. During the 2013 Law Enforcement Labor Services union negotiations, the city agreed to do a pay st ..... 
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