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Chatfield seats new mayor


Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

Russ Smith (left) presents a plaque to Don Hainlen for his service to the city. Photo by Karen Reisner

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 upon the resignation of the mayor. As vice-mayor, councilor Russ Smith assumes the mayor’s position. A councilor vacancy has now been created. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent.

Councilor Paul Novotny suggested discussing possible candidates to fill the vacant councilor seat at the second meeting in April when all sitting councilors are expected to be present. City Attorney Fred Suhler said there are no specific rules on how to select a new councilor. Councilor Robert Pederson suggested Chatfield residents who are interested in serving the remaining two years of Smith’s council term, ending in December 2014, should notify them or send a letter of interest. Councilor Dave Frank believes anyone interested should contact everyone on the council and he would also like to hear from people that support a particular person for the position.

Hainlen said he was optimistic about the future of the city of Chatfield, adding he enjoyed working in the community both as school superintendent and as mayor. He thanked both the councilors and the city staff. City Clerk Joel Young said he appreciated working with Hainlen, stating, “we will miss you.”

Support for New LGA

Formula

Young maintained that the new Local Government Aid (LGA) formula is a good thing. It would increase LGA aid for Chatfield in 2014. If there is no action on the new formula by the state legislature, LGA would be distributed under current law.

The council unanimously approved a joint resolution in support of an additional appropriation of $80 million (included in Governor Dayton’s budgets) for LGA which provides for a change in the LGA formula calculation. Also included will be an annual inflationary increase for the LGA appropriation. LGA helps local governments operate with less dependence on local property taxes. The joint resolution includes support from Byron, Chatfield, Eyota, Kasson, Rochester and Stewartville.

A letter of support was also approved to be sent to Senators Nelson and Senjem and Representatives Benson, Liebling, Norton, and Quam.

Destination Medical Center

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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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Chatfield 2013 final levy increase less than two percent

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner During the Chatfield city council’s last meeting of 2012, councilors approved the final 2013 levy and budget. City Clerk Joel Young detailed the numbers for the city. The preliminary levy had been approved in September at an inc ..... 
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