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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 was recognized at the September 24 city council meeting.

Scott McConkey of the southern Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety nominated her for her effort during the 2012 May/June enforcement wave. McConkey noted that rural highways have a higher per miles driven fatality rate than do metro communities.

Officer McCallum stopped 16 vehicles and issued 16 citations for No Seatbelt Use during a four hour shift during a “Click It or Ticket” seatbelt enforcement campaign. McConkey insisted that “the people we stop are not the enemy, they are the people we serve.” He related that the first fatal crash that he was involved with happened about 25 years ago east of Chatfield. The victim did not wear a seat belt. McConkey said there was no reason for the person to have died.

Sergeant Derek Fugelstad, Fillmore County Sheriff’s Department, presented her with the certificate of accomplishment and Chief Shane Fox with McCallum’s letter of commendation to be placed in her file.

The council approved a resolution to again participate in the Office of Traffic Safety “Safe and Sober” campaign. This is a program administered by the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Department. The federal grant funds pay for overtime for officers to enforce DUI, seatbelt, and speeding laws.

Help Our Neighbors

Pastor Mark Docken, Chatfield Lutheran, explained that Help Our Neighbors is a community wide organization developed with the primary goal of helping senior citizens stay independent as long as possible, allowing them to stay in their homes longer. Services they want to provide include transportation, respite care, doing chores around the house, leaf raking, and chronic disease and falls prevention education. This is a partnership effort involving several congregations and other local civic and volunteer community organizations. Chatfield Lutheran is the sponsoring organization.

The Minnesota Department of Human Services has awarded a grant of $180,000 over three years toward this effort.

Bill Sullivan noted that this organization is not specifically religious based. He said that CCTV is a huge asset to help get the word out. C .....
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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 ..... 
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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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