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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 explained that recently there has been an uptick in the number of complaints of vehicle noise caused by ‘jake brakes’ on trucks coming into town from the south in the early morning. He said the state will put up signs stating “Vehicle Noise Laws Enforced” with the passage of a resolution committing the City of Chatfield to the enforcement of Minnesota Statutes for muffler and motor vehicle noise limits.

Statute 169.69 reads, “Every motor vehicle shall at all times be equipped with a muffler in good working order which blends the exhaust noise into the overall vehicle noise and is in constant operation to prevent excessive or unusual noise...”

City attorney Fred Suhler suggested they consult with trucking companies about the complaints. If trucks have straight pipes, coasting causes the noise referred to as ‘jake braking.’

The city would be required to pay for the signs which would cost about $200 at each location.

Councilor Paul Novotny said while he supports tapering off the early morning noise, the issue should go to committee for further discussion before a decision is made. Putting the signs up and enforcing the state statute will affect people with other vehicles including those who have motorcycles and vehicles with mufflers that would not allow them to blend in.

The police could enforce noise statutes without the signs. Novotny suggested they need to discuss which roads would need signs if they decided to have them installed. The Public Services Committee will discuss the issue further. City Clerk Joel Young said sending the issue to committee does not exclude enforcement in the mean time.

Other Business In Brief

•Approval was given to purchase a Ford Utility Interceptor (Explorer) for the police department at a cost of $27,801 from Fergus Falls Ford as recommended by the Public Services committee. The new vehicle will replace a 2005 Ford Expedition which had been scheduled for replacement in 2011.

•The mayor’s signature was authorized for the sale of a portion of Outlot B (.37 acres) to Gerald and Maureen Barry.

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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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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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