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Chatfield and Preston put on a show House: Capital Investment Committee Tour


Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

On Tuesday, October 8, 2013, members of the House Capital Investment Committee went for a road trip around Southeastern Minnesota to visit candidates requesting bonding support.

Led by State Representative Alice Hausman, chair of the House Capital Investment Committee, the members of this committee will be visiting each section of the state as they gather information that will help to determine who gets funding. With roughly $850 million on the table, and a total of $2.4 billion in requests -- with that number still growing as requests are submitted -- only a fraction of these state-wide projects will garner financial support.

As a matter of protocol, state representatives for their own districts were asked to give a speech about the significance of supporting specific bonding projects, which gave State Representative Greg Davids (District 28B) a few moments at the podium.

While the House Capital Investment Committee had scheduled visits at Winona State University and the Southeast Minnesota Rail Alliance (in Rochester) to discuss support for the Zip Rail, Fillmore County captured the attention of legislators during their visit to Chatfield and Preston.

National Trout Center

First, at a crowded National Trout Center (NTC) in Preston, Minn., legislators had an opportunity to hear about a mission and vision revolving around the famed trout of the Root River.

Citing the economic impact of the NTC illustrated with a clever fact-filled 16-1/2 inch colorful trout-shaped handout, NTC Chairman George Spangler shared the following information with the House Capital Investment Committee.

•More than 450 miles of trout stream restoration over the past 25 years

•$1.1 Billion annual economic benefit to local communities

For every dollar spent on stream restoration, $24.50 is returned annually to the regional economy

•Over 155,000 Trout Stamp holders in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin

•Non-resident anglers contribute 47 percent of direct expenditures to the trout fishery

In addition, Spangler shared the mission of the NTC, which “is to conserve our natural and cultural heritage of trout and their cold-water environments by engaging the public through education, practice and awareness.”

Following a presentation by Spangler at the NTC location on Saint Anthony Street in downtown Prest .....
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Chatfield responds to complaints of vehicle noise

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner Several Chatfield residents have complained about the loud noises created by large trucks as they enter the city from the south. At the city council’s September 23 meeting the council approved the placement of signs which declare ..... 
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Chatfield adopts preliminary 2014 levy reflecting a slight decrease

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner The Chatfield City Council at their September 9 meeting adopted the 2014 preliminary budget and levy. City clerk Joel Young reported that the city managed to keep the proposed levy about the same as 2013 because of the sales tax ex ..... 
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Chatfield approves parcel split

Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner Kyle and Karla Bucknell requested a split of the Ferguson parcel on Hill Street at the Chatfield City Council’s August 26 meeting. The couple is looking to buy a 3.43 acre portion of the property that lies on the eastern side of ..... 
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Chatfield Discusses Enforcement of Noise Laws

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner At the Chatfield City Council’s August 12 meeting councilors considered the implications of enforcing Minnesota Statutes for muffler and motor vehicle noise limits. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent. Police Chief Shane Fox expl ..... 
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Chatfield approves Sales Tax Agreement with Rochester

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

The Chatfield City Council at its July 22 meeting approved the sales tax agreement with Rochester, Minn. accepting the sales tax money. Councilor Dave Frank was absent. The agreement sets the terms for receiving the sales tax funding, which is to ..... 
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Chatfield to Join Rochester Area Economic Development, Inc.

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner Chris Giesen, Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA), addressed the Chatfield City Council at its July 8 meeting about the advantages of joining Rochester Area Economic Development. It is a regional non-profit organi ..... 
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Chatfield moves forward to create Capital Improvement Plan

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner City engineer David Morrill, McGhie and Betts, discussed the process to create a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) at the Chatfield City Council’s May 13 meeting. Councilors Paul Novotny and Robert Pederson were absent. The city ..... 
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Matthew J. Opat appointed to fill Third Judicial District vacancy

Fri, May 10th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

MN Judicial Branch Governor Mark Dayton announced the appointment of Mr. Matthew J. Opat as District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Third Judicial District. Mr. Opat will be replacing the Honorable Robert R. Benson, who retired earlier this year. Th ..... 
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