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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 charter. This left the council with a vacant seat which was filled at the council’s April 22 meeting. Members voted unanimously to seat Mike Urban, as Vice-mayor.

Urban was one of a group of four citizens which also included John McBroom, Tom French, and Rita Charlton that expressed interest in the seat to fill out the unexpired portion (about 21 months) of Smith’s term ending December 2014. Councilors had received numerous letters and phone calls, many in support of Urban. It was noted that former councilor Josh Thompson also expressed interest but withdrew his name due to his time constraints.

Smith was pleased with the interest from the public and councilor Ken Jacobson said all of those interested were very qualified to be on the council. It was suggested that they could still serve by serving on a committee or they could run for a council seat in the future.

Urban was sworn in and seated on the council. He later thanked them for their vote of confidence and the well wishers that sent e-mails supporting him.

Other Business In Brief

•Chatfield was named 2012 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for the twenty-first time. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the United States Forestry Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

•The first quarter financial report of 2013 was accepted as presented by Kay Coe. Revenues and expenses are on track at this point. Jacobson noted the financial report is well done.

•City Clerk Joel Young announced the city has met the requirements of the Local Government Pay Equity Act. He said they are in good shape for three years, but suggested their pay schedule be reviewed before then.

•Two committee changes were approved. Councilor Dave Frank will serve in the council position on Planning and Zoning and councilor Paul Novotny will serve on the Personnel Committee.

•The lowest of three quotes from Huntington Electric at $5,275 was accepted to replace the fire hall lights. The quarterly report for the fire department showed 12 incidents which involved 153 total personnel .....
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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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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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