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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 EDA’s review and agreement to any counter proposals. Councilor Robert Pederson was absent.

These parcels are part of the Twiford Street Redevelopment area. The city is trying to combine smaller parcels to create one or two larger parcels to attract a national variety store chain for the community. This area has been a housing area with small parcels and multiple owners. The EDA has taken advantage of opportunities to purchase properties in this area. Purchase offers for the two parcels have been made.

It was suggested that some of the funds from the Rochester sales tax distribution program be used to purchase the properties which could potentially be recaptured with the resale of the property.

Councilor Ken Jacobson said even if the sales tax distribution was put on hold, they should go ahead and purchase the properties. Councilor Paul Novotny noted he has heard feedback from citizens about the city purchasing property, but maintained they need additional property for the end use in mind.

Other Business In Brief

•Ken Jacobson was elected to serve as the vice-mayor. There will be a Committee of the Whole meeting at 6:00 p.m. on April 22 to discuss filling the vacant city council seat.

•Four bids had been submitted for the 2013 Street Improvement Project. Authorization was given to accept the low bid from Pember Companies, Inc., Menomonie, Wisconsin with a total bid of $178,918.05.

•Superintendent of City Services Tony Lammers requested and received approval to purchase a used Trackless MT5. The machine will be equipped with a 5 foot broom, snow blower, and 10 foot mower deck.

•The council approved the hire of Sam Peterson and Mitch Irish for summer help. They will work 40 hours per week.

•Spring clean-up begins May 6, 2013.

•The second consideration of Ordinance #408 was approved along with its publication. The ordinance amends charges for Fire Department services.

•The Growers’ Market will operate in City Park from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. each Thursday from May 9 through October 31.

•Dan Moulton wrote a letter expre .....
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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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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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