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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 be used for economic development. Chatfield, Minn. will receive a total of $297,543.84 in two installments. The total distribution of $5 million will be distributed to the 17 cities to be apportioned according to the 2010 Federal Census data.

Chatfield will likely receive the first half of the distribution in the next month or so and the second half by July 31, 2014.

Cellular Dialer

for lift stations

• Wastewater treatment plant superintendent Darryl Haner asked the council to approve an upgrade of the dialer system at the two remote lift stations. Haner said it is currently costing $58.05 per month for landline service at each station or about $120 per month for phone services which are seldom used.

The council approved a quote from Quality Flow Systems, Inc. for cellular equipment and three years of cellular service at a cost of about $6,770. The savings due to the lower cost of service would allow for the new cellular system to be paid for in about eight years. Haner said the reliability will be as good as a personal cell phone.

Other Business In Brief

• The semi final or second payment of $73,976.97 to Pember Companies, Inc. was approved for the 2013 street improvements. The total contract amount of the work was $178,528.65. There is a $5,355.86 retainage until final touches like the establishment of grass are satisfied.

• The quarterly report for the second quarter was approved. A report prepared by Kay Coe noted the majority of funds are on track with budget predictions. Two exceptions include the EDA due to the purchase of the Hanson-Conway property which had not been a planned expense and Water infrastructure revenue, which is high due to a transfer of a debt service fund balance.

• The low bid from Schwickerts was approved to remove the chimney from the fire hall roof which has leaked since last fall. The area where the chimney was will be patched over and the furnace will be repiped. Some additional minimal maintenance of the roof will be done. The total cost of the work will be about $3,800.

• Approval was given to purchase a used 2006 truck .....
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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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SE Mn community leader meets with DC policymakers on Ag Investments

Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

CHATFIELD, MN - At a time when policymakers in Washington, D.C., are debating the future of federal farm policy, Tim Gossman traveled to the Capitol to meet with several top agriculture decision makers. Gossman, who is a farm loan officer and senior ..... 
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Chatfield takes no position on distribution of Rochester sales tax

Fri, Mar 15th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

The Chatfield City Council at their March 11 meeting decided not to take a position for or against House File 476 which seeks to add cities to receive a share of the Rochester area local sales tax. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent. Legislation p ..... 
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