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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 study. The last pay study for the city had been completed in 2006. The city’s current pay grid reflects wages that are lower than average for similar size cities.

Springsted Consulting, St. Paul, did the study and found that all but one position was paid below average.The proposal from the Personnel/Budget Committee is to raise the pay grid 9%, which would make about half of the employees above market and about half below. All employees will be repositioned back two steps from their current position, allowing them to enjoy the benefits over time if they are willing to stay. This proposed adjustment will actually make a real pay increase of approximately 2% effective September 19.

The budget impact for 2015 will be minimal, spreading the impact into 2016.

Councilor Ken Jacobson spoke in favor of the plan, which will allow the city to do a little catch up without the impact of a 9% across the board increase immediately.

Young acknowledged there is a shortage of employees, making for a competitive market. The proposal will allow the city to adjust over time.

Councilor Robert Pederson said, “We have to be competitive.” The concern is that without competitive wages the city can not retain or attract good employees. There was some discussion about the upcoming union negotiations and the effect the pay grid adjustment may have on them.

The pay grid restructuring was approved unanimously, which includes a 9% increase in the pay grid with a repositioning of all employees back two steps from their current position. Young thanked councilors for their support on behalf of everyone who works for the city.

Heritage Day

This will be a day long celebration on September 12 recognizing the community’s heritage. Actors will portray historical figures in front of various buildings and landmarks. A variety of other events will run from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.. Events will be coordinated by the Chatfield Center for the Arts. The council approved the placement of benches and rain canopies (if needed) and the allowance of vendors in City Park.

Employees move up

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Chatfield EDA requests CCA rezoning

Mon, Aug 17th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the August 10 Chatfield City Council meeting councilors unanimously approved the rezoning of Block 19, Chatfield Center for the Arts (CCA) at 405 Main St. South, from R-1 (low density residential) to B-1 (General Commercial). Councilor Dave Fran ..... 
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Chatfield Lutheran Church’s request to vacate alley approved

Mon, Aug 3rd, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

Steve Maki, chair of the construction committee for the church, reviewed the campaign to expand their building at the city council’s July 27 meeting. The campaign started in 2013. In the fall of 2014 church representatives first approached the cit ..... 
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Chatfield to hire Superintendent of City Services

Mon, Jul 20th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

After Tony Lammers announced his intention to retire, a hiring process started in late April. Councilors at their July 13 meeting voted unanimously to offer the Superintendent of City Services position to Brian Burkholder. Burkholder has been employ ..... 
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Chatfield hires deputy city clerk

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

The Chatfield City Council authorized the hire of Beth Carlson to fill the deputy city clerk position at the June 22 council meeting. Councilors Robert Pederson and Ken Jacobson were absent. City Clerk Joel Young reported that there had been 25 ap ..... 
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Chatfield applies for additional state funding

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

The Chatfield city council at their June 8 meeting authorized an application for 2016 state bonding funds. City clerk Joel Young said state legislators invited them back to apply for additional funding. This funding will be for Phase II renovations ..... 
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Chatfield recognizes 2015 Preservation Month

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the May 26 Chatfield city council meeting Mayor Russ Smith proclaimed May 2015 as Preservation Month. Each year a preservation award is presented to someone who has worked to preserve the heritage of Chatfield through its historic or architectura ..... 
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Chatfield authorizes K-9 unit trial run

Mon, May 18th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

Police Chief Shane Fox recommended that they go ahead with necessary purchases to start a K-9 unit on a “trial” basis at the city council’s May 11 meeting. He maintained it will benefit the city and will be an additional deterrent to crime. Th ..... 
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Chatfield establishes new TIF district

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

The Chatfield City Council held a joint meeting with the Chatfield EDA on April 27. Alicia Hinckly and EB Allen of H and A Real Estate want to build a “Cabin Coffee” restaurant on property at the west side of North Main St. at the Union St. inte ..... 
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