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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-1 commercial area. Participating property owners will be eligible to receive a grant to be used for permanent improvements that will “enhance the general character of their building and Chatfield’s downtown core.”

Project plans will be reviewed by the Chatfield Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) which can recommend moving forward with a project. The EDA must approve a project before work can begin. Eligible, approved participants will receive up to $2,500 with no match required. Larger project property owners could receive up to $7,500 more, but will be required to match the additional money dollar for dollar.

The city council approved the funding of the program using $30,000 from the Rochester Sales Tax Economic Development project fund. EDA approved applicants have six months to complete their planned project. They can then claim their rebate after all work is complete.

EZ Fabricating

Geisen explained that in the development agreement with EZ Fabricating, the business was responsible for the cost to extend water and sewer from the lift station at Lonestone Court to the building’s service connection. The actual location of the service connection was not known at the time the agreement was made. The connection was made at a much longer distance than expected. The invoice received by EZ Fabricating for the service connection was $36,666. The business had expected it to cost from $15,000 to $20,000. The EDA was asked to consider the original intent of the agreement by the business.

Geisen and the EDA recommended reducing the invoice to $26,000 which more accurately reflects their interpretation of the development agreement. The council approved the reduction of the invoice to $26,000.

Geisen noted that EZ Fabricating has already surpassed its goal of creating 17 new jobs, currently it has created 22 jobs while retaining 25 jobs.

Annual audit

Jason Boynton, Smith Schafer and Associates, presented the 2014 financial summary. The city was given an unmodified ‘clean’ opinion.

The city’s tax capacity had decreased by about $13,000 in 2014 from 2013. Chatfield had seen a signi .....
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Chatfield adopts 2015 Comprehensive Plan

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

A 2015 update of the Comprehensive Plan adopted in 2008 was approved at the city council’s March 9 meeting. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent. The work to update the plan started in January of 2014. The Chatfield Economic Development Authority ..... 
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Chatfield approves engineering studies

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

Dillon Dombrovski, WSB, reviewed his proposals for engineering services for two projects at the February 23 Chatfield City Council meeting. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent. At this time there are no pedestrian facilities on the west side of High ..... 
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Chatfield approves first consideration for three ordinances

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

Early in January the Chatfield City Council authorized city attorney Fred Suhler to draft three ordinances. The first consideration on each of these ordinances was approved at the February 9 meeting. Councilors Dave Frank and Paul Novotny were ab ..... 
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Chatfield fills EMS support position

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

During a relatively brief Chatfield City Council meeting held January 26, Rocky Burnett was introduced and hired to fill the EMS Support Position vacated by Nancy Timm, the new deputy clerk. Ambulance Director Sue Kester reported that there had ..... 
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Chatfield discusses recommended ordinance changes

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the annual meeting of the Chatfield City Council on January 12, City Clerk Joel Young administered the oath of office to Mayor Russ Smith and councilors Paul Novotny and Mike Urban. Each of the three had been re-elected in the general electio ..... 
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Chatfield hires deputy clerk

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

At a special meeting of the Chatfield city council held on December 29, Nancy Timm was hired as the new deputy city clerk effective January 12, 2015. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent. Former deputy clerk Mary Peterson resigned to take a position ..... 
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Chatfield reduces 2015 proposed levy increase

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Two public hearings were held at Chatfield’s December 8 meeting. The first was an assessment hearing on the 2014 Street and Utility Improvement Projects. The last, was the city’s Truth In Taxation hearing. Properties along Bench Street had i ..... 
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Chatfield proposes fee increases

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

At a relatively brief November 24 Chatfield city council meeting, the first consideration of the Omnibus Fee ordinance was approved. Among the increases is a proposed 4.5 percent increase in the base monthly water fee and a 4.5 percent increase pe ..... 
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