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Chatfield recognizes growth opportunities


Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

City Clerk Joel Young discussed Mayo Clinic’s vision for the future at the February 11 meeting. Mayor Don Hainlen was absent.

Mayo Clinic announced recently an ambitious plan for investment in future growth. Young suggested Chatfield make plans to take advantage of the growth opportunities Mayo Clinic’s plan could offer. Communities surrounding Rochester could share in the job opportunities, housing, entertainment of an increased number of visitors, and so on. The intention is to develop a plan for the future of Chatfield. Young maintained this could have a big impact on southeast Minnesota.

Young recommended that a committee consisting of himself, city planner Kristi Clarke, Chris Giesen, and two councilors be formed to be proactive and start studying the possibilities. The EDA and the Planning Commission can gather information toward determining what kind of community we want to be twenty years from now.

Councilor Ken Jacobson recommended that they put off until the next meeting the decision on where to begin, adding that it is very important we have a plan to take advantage of whatever we can. Councilor Russ Smith agreed it was a potential boom for southeast Minnesota.

In the Planning and Zoning Commission’s annual report presented by Kristi Clarke, the fact that the city had issued permits for four new single-family homes was highlighted, especially since there had been no new construction of single-family homes in 2011. Of the 145 total single family lots, 77 have been sold, leaving 68 lots available.

Other Business In Brief

•Tim Gossman and Jenny Bradt requested $2,000 be appropriated for the Lost Creek Hiking Trail. Bradt highlighted events over the last year. The funding is to be used for a trail register and donation stand at the Ninebark Trailhead, landowner liability insurance, additional trail signage, website maintenance, and advertising. Additional expenses will be covered by donations and memberships. A grant has been applied for through the Fillmore County SWCD for erosion control.

•Bradt expressed gratitude for the landowners who allow the trail to cross their property. Smith and councilor Robert Pederson noted the value of the trail for the community. In 2012 the trail funding consisted of $2,000 from the city of Chatfield, $1,578 from memberships and donations, and $250 from the Chatfield Firefighters Grant. There are currently 14 .....
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Chatfield goes forward with 2013 street improvements

Fri, Feb 1st, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

Superintendent of City Services Tony Lammers at the city council’s January 28 meeting reviewed the proposed street improvements for 2013. The project will include milling and overlaying Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Streets between Twiford Street and F ..... 
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Chatfield looks forward to 2013

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

The January 14 Chatfield City Council meeting began with the administration of the oath of office for re-elected Mayor Don Hainlen and newly elected councilor Robert Pederson and re-elected councilor Dave Frank. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent. ..... 
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Chatfield looks forward to 2013

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

The January 14 Chatfield City Council meeting began with the administration of the oath of office for re-elected Mayor Don Hainlen and newly elected councilor Robert Pederson and re-elected councilor Dave Frank. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent. ..... 
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Chatfield 2013 final levy increase less than two percent

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner During the Chatfield city council’s last meeting of 2012, councilors approved the final 2013 levy and budget. City Clerk Joel Young detailed the numbers for the city. The preliminary levy had been approved in September at an inc ..... 
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Chatfield increases water and sewer rates

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the November 26 Chatfield City Council meeting an amended list of Particular Fees, Fines and Charges under Ordinance 406 was unanimously adopted. Councilor Paul Novotny was absent. All city fees, fines, and charges will remain constant with th ..... 
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Chatfield adopts new policy for sale or disposal of city equipment

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner The Chatfield City Council meeting on November 13 was sandwiched in between an extended meeting of the Committee of the Whole. Discussions at the Committee of the Whole included reviews of the 2013 operating budget and the anticipa ..... 
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A disc golf course for Chatfield?

Fri, Oct 26th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

Councilor Paul Novotny reported during the October 22 city council meeting that there is a proposal for a Disc Golf Course in Chatfield. Councilor Josh Thompson was absent. The proposal for the 9 hole Disc Golf Course at Mill Creek Park had been ..... 
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Chatfield officer receives traffic safety award

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

Chatfield Officer Grace McCallum was awarded a certificate of accomplishment and given a commendation letter from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. She was one of four officers in the state of Minnesota to receive the award. She ..... 
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