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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 exemption ($9,165) and an increased Local Government Aid allocation (a total of $752,700 or an increase of $84,000).

The reduction in the levy was $24 or .002 percent, which is slightly under the state mandated levy limit of zero. Young related that the figures were arrived at before information was released about the state mandated levy limit. The proposed 2014 levy is $1,225,793.

Young listed in his report several goals that were kept in mind while preparing the 2014 budget. The goals included maintaining the levy close to 2013 levels, minimizing the sanitary sewer debt burden, the maintenance of the city’s strong public safety departments, investment in the city’s infrastructure, providing a financial foundation for the operation of the Chatfield Center for the Arts, and protecting the city’s strong bond rating.

Councilor Ken Jacobson noted that even with the levy at zero or at a slight decrease, it doesn’t necessarily mean property taxes won’t increase for some property owners.

The public meeting in accordance with Truth In Taxation regulations will be held at the Thurber Community Building, at 7p.m. on December 9.

McGhie and Betts to Merge with WSB & Associates, Inc.

David Morrill, McGhie and Betts, said he has worked with the city of Chatfield for 25 years. He said he would like to continue in that capacity as city engineer. He noted that they have worked with WSB on projects and the two firms know and respect each other. WSB can offer a wide range of services. Morrill suggested this is an opportune time for the merger due to changes expected with the planned Destination Medical Center. The two firms have been talking over the past nine months and Morrill expects it will take about two years to get fully integrated.

Jay Kennedy, vice-president WSB, said they can provide most all the services that city clients may need. He explained his firm does internal training for the specialty of city engineering. The firm was founded in 1995 and has expanded rapidly. They currently serve 33 communities. They strive to provide a customized approach to each of their clients and work to identify availabl .....
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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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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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