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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 “Vehicle Noise Laws Enforced.”

A request will be submitted to MnDOT to install the signs along Highway 52 at the north and south ends of the city, along Highway 30 at the west end of the city, and along Highway 74 at the east end of the city. A resolution was adopted that states that the city will enforce Minnesota Statute 169.69 (Muffler) and Minnesota Statute 169.693 (Motor Vehicle Noise Limits).

The total cost of the four signs is $813. The city pays for each sign when it is first installed and MnDOT replaces any sign that is damaged.

Police Software

Approval was given to purchase the same law enforcement software that is being installed in Fillmore County. Police Chief Shane Fox explained that the software is LETG which is out of the Twin Cities. LETG software is being used by 200 law enforcement departments and 30 counties in the state. Fox said the software will give the department an office and mobile component allowing information to be received in squad cars, which should improve efficiency of officers.

Communication and the sharing of information between departments will be improved. The new, upgraded software will cost approximately $29,000. The software the city currently has was budgeted to be replaced this year. Fox said they have had that software for 10 years and have never been happy with it.

Sewer Line Repairs

Darryl Haner, wastewater treatment plant superintendent, explained that of the 12 fixes scheduled for 2013, five have been completed. The remaining repairs on the priority list went out for bid to five companies. The lowest bid that bid all the work was offered by Visu-Sewer for $33,516.25.

Haner noted that it had originally been estimated that all the work for the 12 repairs would cost about $100,000. It looks like the work can be completed for about 60 percent of that.

The Visu-Sewer bid was accepted. Haner said the sewer line repair process makes the pipes as durable as PVC and could last 50 to 75 years. The work on the last of the 12 repairs will likely wait until after the first of the year until the ground is frozen.

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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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Chatfield moves forward to create Capital Improvement Plan

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner City engineer David Morrill, McGhie and Betts, discussed the process to create a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) at the Chatfield City Council’s May 13 meeting. Councilors Paul Novotny and Robert Pederson were absent. The city ..... 
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Matthew J. Opat appointed to fill Third Judicial District vacancy

Fri, May 10th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

MN Judicial Branch Governor Mark Dayton announced the appointment of Mr. Matthew J. Opat as District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Third Judicial District. Mr. Opat will be replacing the Honorable Robert R. Benson, who retired earlier this year. Th ..... 
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Mike Urban Appointed to Chatfield Council

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner As the Chatfield city charter directs, the council voted to appoint a city resident to fill out the vacant seat created when Don Hainlen resigned his position as mayor. Vice-mayor Russ Smith became mayor as directed by the city ch ..... 
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