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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 organization made up of business leaders in the area that focus on regional planning. The Chatfield EDA had recommended the city join the organization.

Giesen noted that if the city of Chatfield joins, they will have a voting seat at the table, be able to better make network connections, and participate in regional planning discussions for growth. For example, the Destination Medical Center (DMC) plans are expected to spur regional growth.

Membership will cost the city $2,800 annually. The members meet monthly or every other month. Mayor Russ Smith maintained it was a good idea to be a member. Chatfield was previously a member of the organization several decades in the past. The city can determine on an annual basis if continuing their membership is worth the cost. Councilors unanimously approved joining the organization.

Other Business In Brief

• The second consideration and the publishing of the Ordinance 408 zoning revisions were approved. The revisions are being made to develop consistency in the zoning district for post-framed construction.

• Councilors approved the sale of one parcel of Outlot B of the Donahoe subdivision to Gerald and Maureen Barry for $1,192. City Clerk Joel Young said the rest of the lots will not be sold at least at this time. City Attorney Fred Suhler was authorized to draw up the real estate papers necessary for the sale.

• Young said the Rochester sales tax agreement was reaffirmed last month. The council will act on the agreement at the next meeting. The first half of the proceeds could be available as early as the end of July.

• Volunteers are needed for watering the city flower baskets.

• Young reported that the Public Works Committee has been discussing how to pay for blacktopping city roads in West Chatfield. The discussion over the last few months has moved on from if they should be blacktopped to how improving the roads could be financed.

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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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 ch ..... 
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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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