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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 the position effective November 1. City Clerk Joel Young said the job description makes it clear that he reports directly to Public Works Director Tony Lammers. O’Neill’s responsibilities will continue to include snow plowing. He has been training for the new position the last couple of years and is familiar with the wastewater treatment plant.

With O’Neill’s promotion the position of assistant wastewater operator will be open. Maintenance Worker Tyler Burke has expressed an interest in eventually qualifying for the assistant position. Lammers said it will take about a year before he can earn the necessary license. Burke does not currently have the required Class D operator’s license. Lammers said Burke will concentrate his time at the plant while also working with public works.

Finally, a motion was approved to start the recruitment process for a maintenance worker to replace Burke.

Kristi Clarke has worked as Chatfield’s city planner for several years and would like to continue in that capacity. Recently, Clarke joined the consulting firm of Bolton and Menk, Inc. in Rochester, Minn. Bolton and Menk submitted a proposal which has similar terms as her former agreement to allow her to continue as Chatfield’s consultant. She will be in the office at City Hall for five hours per day, two days per week, plus an additional four hours per week outside of City Hall. The monthly fee for those services will be $3,700. Any services in addition to those included in the monthly rate will be billed at the rate of $110 per hour.

Young noted the proposal is identical to her previous agreement except for the hourly rate for additional services which would be outside of the regular scope of her work. He recommended approval. A motion to enter into an agreement for Clarke’s services was approved.

Other Business In Brief

•The next regular meeting of the city council will be on Tuesday, November 12.

•A survey will be included in utility bills to determine the demand for bus service to Rochester.

•The American Legion has expressed an interest in putting up a monument to honor Chatfield’s v .....
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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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Chatfield approves parcel split

Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner Kyle and Karla Bucknell requested a split of the Ferguson parcel on Hill Street at the Chatfield City Council’s August 26 meeting. The couple is looking to buy a 3.43 acre portion of the property that lies on the eastern side of ..... 
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Chatfield Discusses Enforcement of Noise Laws

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner At the Chatfield City Council’s August 12 meeting councilors considered the implications of enforcing Minnesota Statutes for muffler and motor vehicle noise limits. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent. Police Chief Shane Fox expl ..... 
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Chatfield approves Sales Tax Agreement with Rochester

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

The Chatfield City Council at its July 22 meeting approved the sales tax agreement with Rochester, Minn. accepting the sales tax money. Councilor Dave Frank was absent. The agreement sets the terms for receiving the sales tax funding, which is to ..... 
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Chatfield to Join Rochester Area Economic Development, Inc.

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner Chris Giesen, Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA), addressed the Chatfield City Council at its July 8 meeting about the advantages of joining Rochester Area Economic Development. It is a regional non-profit organi ..... 
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