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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 of $12,600 for utility and street overlay improvements would not be reduced by much if a proposal from G-Cubed Engineering to provide services for utilities at that location was accepted. G-Cubed had offered a flat rate of $8,500 to design the utilities for EZ Fabrication. G-Cubed had already done some of the engineering work including field work and surveying for the Lonestone Subdivision and lift station.

At the November meeting it was decided that the WSB engineering costs would be reduced only slightly if the G-Cubed proposal was accepted. WSB representative Dillon Dombrovski maintained they would need to review the earlier engineering work completed by G-Cubed.

The proposal accepted in November from WSB was for all four of the 2014 street improvement projects which included St. Albans Place (also Twiford Street, Bench Street, and West Chatfield improvements). The total proposal accepted was not to exceed $89,300.

Mark Welch representing G-Cubed met with the Public Works Committee on December 9. He insisted that the G-Cubed proposal would save the city money as they had already done extensive work at the EZ Fabricating site. Therefore, they could provide the service at a cost saving rate if the underground utility portion was separated from the resurfacing portion of the work for St. Albans Place. The committee decided it would be best to discuss the proposal at the city council again and reconsider this portion of the council’s November decision.

In a letter to Joel Young in early December, Welch insisted their proposal would not be “on top” of the WSB proposal. He questioned why there was a need to review engineering plans that had already been completed.

Councilor Paul Novotny suggested they don’t have an “apples to apples” comparison for the cost. The G-Cubed proposal was for just the utility portion and not the street overlay portion. He added that it sounds as though the city could save some money using G-Cubed, adding he didn’t see the need for a huge review.

Councilor Robert Pederson noted the city is in a transition period with their engineering firm, adding they are working for us. Mayor R .....
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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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Engineering proposal accepted for planned 2014 improvement project

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the Chatfield City Council’s November 25 meeting a proposal from WSB and Associates was accepted for engineering services related to planned 2014 street and utility improvements. Councilor Paul Novotny was absent. Chatfield is planning a subs ..... 
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Memorial proposed for Chatfield Veterans

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

The local American Legion has proposed erecting a memorial to recognize all veterans of Chatfield, living and deceased to be located in City Park. Jerry Baudoin, representing the American Legion, discussed some of the issues that have to be worked o ..... 
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Chatfield approves personnel changes

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

The Chatfield City Council at its October 28 meeting approved the appointment of Patrick O’Neill to the position of wastewater superintendent. Councilor Paul Novotny was absent. Due to the retirement of Darryl Haner, O’Neill was promoted to t ..... 
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Business subsidy for EZ Fabricating expansion

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

The Chatfield City Council at its October 14 meeting approved a resolution to provide financial assistance to EZ Fabricating, Inc. to help with an expansion of the business. Chris Giesen, EDA Coordinator, said he had been working with the owners f ..... 
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Chatfield and Preston put on a show House: Capital Investment Committee Tour

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

On Tuesday, October 8, 2013, members of the House Capital Investment Committee went for a road trip around Southeastern Minnesota to visit candidates requesting bonding support. Led by State Representative Alice Hausman, chair of the House Capital ..... 
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Chatfield responds to complaints of vehicle noise

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner Several Chatfield residents have complained about the loud noises created by large trucks as they enter the city from the south. At the city council’s September 23 meeting the council approved the placement of signs which declare ..... 
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Chatfield adopts preliminary 2014 levy reflecting a slight decrease

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner The Chatfield City Council at their September 9 meeting adopted the 2014 preliminary budget and levy. City clerk Joel Young reported that the city managed to keep the proposed levy about the same as 2013 because of the sales tax ex ..... 
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