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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 has completed televising the older (pre 1970s) sanitary sewer lines. There also is data on water mains and information about street overlays, sidewalk programs and the condition of other infrastructure. The short term goal is to prioritize the work that is needed and create a budget. Morrill listed possible funding sources that included bonding, utility rates, and assessments of property owners.

The estimated cost for the services of McGhie and Betts include updating the inventory ($3,200), rating the condition of infrastructure ($4,200), the cost estimating process ($1,800), and the production of the CIP for the next several years ($3,600).

Morrill expects the complete process to produce the CIP to take up to four months, adding it will require some city staff time. The fees charged are based on an hourly cost. If more time is needed than expected further negotiation of cost could follow.

Councilor Mike Urban asked whether or not the council should wait to decide about authorizing the services until Novotny and Pederson were present. City Clerk Joel Young noted he had discussed the production of the CIP with Paul Novotny and Novotny had indicated he supported going forward. Young said the plan would set priorities for water, sewer, or street projects and help them figure out how to fund the work. Councilor Ken Jacobson said they had discussed doing a CIP at a Committee of the Whole meeting last year.

The council voted unanimously to move forward to produce a Capital Improvement Plan.

Other Business In Brief

•The city applied for a permit from MnDot to have a safe pedestrian crossing just south of the intersection of TH 52 and 30. The city will be responsible for establishing the crosswalk stripes and maintaining them. MNDot will put up signage to make notice of the pedestrian crossing.

•A resolution approving the city/club trail agreement with Chatfield Trails, Inc. was adopted. The city serves as the government sponsoring unit. The Minnesota Off-Highway Vehicle Trail Assistance Program grant application was for the amount of $15,000. The money is used for ATV trail maintenance.
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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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Upgrades for cable TV administrator

Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

The Chatfield City Council at the February 25 meeting, granted two requests submitted by the city’s cable TV administrator, Craig Manahan. Mayor Don Hainlen was absent. The Personnel Committee and the Cable Access Board had recommended approval ..... 
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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 ..... 
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