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Chatfield sets preliminary levy and budget for 2013


Fri, Sep 14th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

City Clerk Joel Young stated at the council’s September 10 meeting that the proposed levy increase is now at 4.8 percent, down from a few weeks ago. A total of ten thousand was removed from the preliminary budget of which $5,000 reduced the levy and $5,000 was added to the sewer subsidy to give a little relief to sewer rate payers. Councilor Josh Thompson was absent.

The preliminary budget and levy public hearing will be at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 10, 2012, in the city council chambers.

Outlot B

The Public Works Committee over the last six months or so has worked through a process with neighboring property owners to sell most of the outlot to adjacent property owners. The city does not have an easy access to the property nor does it properly care for the property. There have been two neighborhood meetings. Pricing plans have been reviewed with the adjacent neighbors. The property came to the city through developer donations.

Most neighbors have been in favor of the proposal, but two are dissatisfied with the pricing and one has been opposed to selling land near the retention pond.

Young suggested it might be best just to sell the grassy area and not the wooded area. Councilor Paul Novotny said they may need to keep a portion of the outlot for an alternative route for maintenance of the retention pond. Mayor Don Hainlen said they have had a long, thoughtful process and felt it would be prudent to keep the wooded area for another access to the retention pond.

The council voted to move ahead with a survey of the grassy area.

Other Business In Brief

•The council authorized the EDA to provide an $8,490 loan to Adourn LLC, owned by Melissa Wood, to help with building renovations and added inventory. Wood is buying the former hardware store building for a specialty retail store. The EDA recommended the council approve the loan proposal as presented.

•The Public Service Committee has received complaints from business owners about weekend parking on Main Street by apartment dwellers in front of businesses. It was suggested that overnight parking limitations should be in place seven nights per week instead of the current five nights per week. The committee recommended that parking restrictions be restored for Main Street, which prohibit parking from 2:00 a.m.-6:00 a.m., seven days per week. The restrictions will be from First Stre .....
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Chatfield Center for the Arts, local landmark designation

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

Robert Vogel, Preservation Planner, explained to the Chatfield City Council at their August 27 meeting the process to designate the Center for the Arts as a local landmark. Paul Novotny was absent. Vogel had submitted a report to the Heritage Pres ..... 
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Chatfield to upgrade paging antennae

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

Chief Shane Fox explained that the current repeater is not capable of narrow band operation during the Chatfield City Council’s August 13 meeting. It is mandated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that all public safety mobile radios ..... 
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2012 Public Works projects and purchases

Fri, Jul 27th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner David Morrill, McGhie and Betts, reported to the Chatfield City Council at their July 23 meeting that they had received six bids for the 2012 Water Distribution Improvements. The low bid was from Zenke, Inc. of La Crescent with a ..... 
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Emergency generator for the Thurber Municipal Building

Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner Dan Jaquith explained to the Chatfield City Council at their July 9 meeting that four proposals had been received from electrical contractors to install an emergency generator in the city municipal building. The low bid from Sou ..... 
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Chatfield reviews resident survey

Fri, Jun 29th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

Intern Jordan Boysen detailed the results of a resident survey at their June 25 meeting. The city participated in the State Auditor’s Performance Measurement Program. The intention of the survey is to measure the effectiveness of city services and ..... 
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