"Where Fillmore County News Comes First"
Online Edition
Friday, December 9th, 2016
Volume ∞ Issue ∞
 
< | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | > | >>

Plans for Mill Creek channel restoration expanded


Mon, Apr 4th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Government

Luke Lunde, soil and environmental scientist, explained at the March 28 Chatfield City Council meeting that the planned Mill Creek stream bank restoration will now include 1,200 linear feet. The original proposal for the fishing pier replacement and Mill Creek stream channel restoration involved only 600 linear feet. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent.

Lunde commented that discussion of the project began about three years ago. Last fall the city council approved the more limited project and this day approved the expanded proposal.

The project will create more in stream habitat, stabilize the stream banks, create a lower bench adjacent to the fishing pier which will provide a second location for fishing, and improve the cattle crossing.

Councilor Mike Urban said it is great that we have three entities working together to get the project done. The city of Chatfield is responsible for WSB engineering services. Trout Unlimited is responsible for the 1200 linear feet of stream bank restoration. The DNR will provide the fishing pier replacement and related support materials to create a more stable base, making it better able to withstand a flood.

Work on the project should begin this spring.

2015 Audit

Jayson Boynton, Smith-Schafer Associates, reviewed the city’s 2015 audit and financial summary. The city received an unmodified “clean” opinion. The city’s tax capacity increased slightly over 2014. The city’s unreserved general fund balance is equal to 54% of next year’s general fund property tax levy and local government aid.

General property tax levy provided 31% of the total government revenues and local government aid provided 17% of the city’s governmental revenues in 2015.

The city makes timely payments on all of its debt. Boynton stated, “city management here does a real nice job.”

Economic Development Authority

Chris Giesen reported on achievements of the EDA in 2015. An $81,000 TIF district was created to aid local developers with the building of the Cabin Coffee restaurant.

Negotiations for a Family Dollar store continued through the spring of 2015, until the developer canceled the project.

A market feasibility study began in the spring of 2015 for a hotel project. The cost of the study was $7,000, with the funding coming out of the Rochester Sales EDA Tax Fund. The study .....
[Read the Rest]

Chatfield adopts Park Master Plan

Mon, Mar 21st, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Government

At a March 10 special meeting of the Chatfield City Council, the 2016 Park and Recreation Master Plan initiated in January of 2015 was adopted as presented by Kristi Clarke, planning consultant. Councilors Dave Frank and Ken Jacobson were absent. Th ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Chatfield approves advanced refunding of bonds

Mon, Feb 29th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the February 22 Chatfield City Council meeting, Mike Bubany, Drown & Associates, reported significant net savings with the advanced refunding of bonds issued in 2010/Thurber Building and in 2011/Wastewater Treatment Plant. Councilor Ken Jacobson ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Chatfield discusses financing options for storm water improvements

Mon, Feb 15th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the February 8 meeting of the Chatfield City Council, possible options to pay for needed storm water improvements were discussed. The two most likely funding streams for funding storm water improvements and maintenance are either through the ta ..... 
[Read the Rest]

What swimming facility will Chatfield residents want?

Mon, Feb 1st, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the Chatfield City Council’s January 25 meeting, the city’s swimming pool and its future was again discussed. Councilor Paul Novotny was absent. Burbach Aquatics, Inc. has done an analysis on the current pool. They have determined that the ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Chatfield considers refunding bonds to realize net savings

Mon, Jan 18th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Government

Mike Bubany, David Drown Associates, explained how the city could possibly enjoy a net savings of $300,000 or more by refunding bonds issued in 2010 (Thurber Building) and 2011 (Wastewater Treatment) at the city council’s January 11 meeting. Counc ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Chatfield certifies final levy for 2016

Mon, Dec 21st, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

The Chatfield City Council met for their last meeting of 2015 on December 14. City clerk Joel Young presented a look back at 2015 and a look forward to 2016 during the Truth in Taxation public hearing. Chatfield had several capital acquisitions in ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Chatfield approves 2016 fee ordinance

Mon, Nov 30th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner At the November 23 Chatfield City Council meeting, the first consideration of the 2016 proposed fee schedule was approved. Councilors Robert Pederson and Paul Novotny were absent. City Clerk Joel Young noted changes in the fee sc ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Public works issues in Chatfield

Mon, Nov 16th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the November 9 Chatfield City Council meeting, a number of public works related issues were discussed. Approval was given ordering a proposal from a mechanical engineer to analyze the current heating and cooling systems in the Thurber Building ..... 
[Read the Rest]
< | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | > | >>