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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 Frank was absent.

City Clerk Joel Young explained that the block had been zoned appropriately for an elementary school, but the buildings have not been used for that purpose since 2010. The Chatfield EDA requested the rezoning. Planning and Zoning held a public hearing on August 3. There has been no comment from the public. P & Z concluded that B-1 zoning is better aligned with the commercial use of the facility, the surrounding property, and is consistent with the city’s Comprehensive Plan.

The council unanimously authorized city attorney Fred Suhler to draft an ordinance to rezone Block 19 to B-1 (General Commercial) and approved the first consideration of the ordinance.

Ambulance

Rocky Burnett discussed the purchase of a 2015 American Eagle Emergency Vehicle to replace the ambulance service’s 2005 truck. It was the consensus of the Public Services Committee to acquire the vehicle from Premier Specialty Vehicles, a demo unit with 8,300 miles on it. The new vehicle with equipment options will cost $153,500 with discounts and trade-in of the 2005 truck ($15,000). Young reported that the service has $195,000 in reserve funds. The purchase of the new ambulance was approved.

Burnett said they will also purchase one more 12 lead defibrillator. The purchase of two defibrillators was approved last spring and one has already been purchased. The service also will purchase two 800 dual radios, one for each ambulance at a cost of $8,371.26.

Other business in brief

Art Freiderich, District 6 director for Peoples’ Energy Services, reported to the council as one of the city’s two electric providers. He said if new Peoples’ customers have not already received an informational packet, that they should this week. Customers that have questions or concerns can call (507) 367-7000. The cooperative is owned by its members. Freiderich said they will be looking for two to three people to serve on its advisory committee from the expanded area. The Alliant facility in town will be changed to Peoples’.

City engineer Tom Kellogg reported that plans and specifications have been prepared by WSB for an aluminum or fiberglas .....
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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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Chatfield supports downtown improvements

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

Chris Geisen, Economic Development Authority Coordinator, described guidelines for a historic downtown improvement program at the Chatfield City Council’s April 13 meeting. This EDA program is designed to restore building facades in the downtown B ..... 
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