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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 Hill Street.

Mr. Bucknell explained they were both self employed and would like eventually to run a business from the property. He said they would level two and one half acres and would like to park his skid loader and dump truck on the property. Bucknell stated they plan to build a shop and house within three to five years. City clerk Joel Young noted it is zoned rural residential which allows for agricultural uses, adding it would be up to the Planning Commission to deal with whether or not a business would be allowed.

Bucknell was concerned about the maintenance of the street in the winter as Mrs. Bucknell runs a day care. He was interested in the possibility of developing the nearly 40 acres on the other side of the road. After some detail about the couple’s plans, city attorney Fred Suhler suggested they were getting off track. He said the city was not in the position to speculate about other issues down the road. He said the proposed parcel size of 3.43 acres meets the minimum requirement for lot sizes.

Young said he had been presented with someone’s plan to develop 40 or so acres a few days before speaking with Bucknell. He agreed the only question before this body is the split, noting we will do what we can to help them through other steps in the process. The split was approved.

Councilor Robert Pederson stated that it was great that people were interested in moving to Chatfield, Minn. and bringing in business.

Other Business In Brief

•The council approved the use of city streets for the First Annual Gopher Dash fundraiser featuring a 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Run/Walk. Allison Allen represents a group who want to sponsor a family based activity to raise money to support the Action 100 Reading Program and other educational activities. The event is scheduled this year for Saturday, October 12 at 3 p.m. beginning and ending at the high school. Intersections will be closed periodically during the race. Volunteers will be needed to help direct traffic. Tony Lammers said they will put some barriers up to prevent people from going to the parking lot behind the school.

•Mayor Russ Smith reported t .....
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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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Chatfield authorizes purchase of properties

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner The Chatfield City Council unanimously authorized the EDA to move forward with the purchase of two properties southwest of Highway 52 and north of Grove Street NW as recommended by the EDA. The authorization was contingent on the ..... 
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Chatfield seats new mayor

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

Mayor Don Hainlen handed over the gavel to Chatfield’s new mayor Russ Smith at the March 25 meeting. Hainlen, having sold his home in Chatfield, resigned his position. The city charter directs that the vice-mayor shall assume the office of mayor ..... 
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