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Chatfield adopts new policy for sale or disposal of city equipment


Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner

The Chatfield City Council meeting on November 13 was sandwiched in between an extended meeting of the Committee of the Whole. Discussions at the Committee of the Whole included reviews of the 2013 operating budget and the anticipated final levy to be approved in December, user fees and priorities of the sanitary sewer fund, user fees for the water fund, economic development possibilities, and the 2013 street and utility project goals.

The newly-adopted policy for sale or disposal of city-owned goods and equipment does not include the disposition of land or buildings. The intention is to simplify the process. City Clerk Joel Young explained that every time something was to be sold, the city council has had to give prior approval, which is a cumbersome process. Items will now be advertised on publicsurplus.com for a minimum of ten business days. Notices will also be placed in the city’s official newspaper. Proceeds will be placed in a reserve fund for future capital purchases of the appropriate department.

Disc Golf Course

Authorization was given for the group that wants to build a disc golf course in Mill Creek Park to go forward and raise funds for the venture. The group includes Andy, Hank, and Harvey Friederich and Brian Lee. A consultant had been hired to design the course. Andy Friederich estimated that the course would cost about $10,000 for everything including baskets, brush clearing, signage, and so on. He was confident that the funding can be raised over the winter through grants from various foundations and associations. If necessary to gain additional funding, the men will seek out businesses willing to sponsor one hole each for the nine-hole course. They hope to construct the course in the spring of 2013. The men expect to chip in labor and some funds. The Parks and Recreation Committee recommended approval of the plan.

Other Business In Brief

Approval was given for the purchase of a radio from Whitewater Wireless at a cost of $3,351.01 for the recently purchased fire truck to meet narrowbanding requirements. A headset apparatus will cost an additional $1,773.45.

Young discussed recent communications with adjacent landowners about the city selling the grassy area of Outlot B to the neighboring property owners. At the September 10 meeting the council decided they should only sell the grassy area, which was the most costly to mainta .....
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A disc golf course for Chatfield?

Fri, Oct 26th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

Councilor Paul Novotny reported during the October 22 city council meeting that there is a proposal for a Disc Golf Course in Chatfield. Councilor Josh Thompson was absent. The proposal for the 9 hole Disc Golf Course at Mill Creek Park had been ..... 
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Chatfield officer receives traffic safety award

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

Chatfield Officer Grace McCallum was awarded a certificate of accomplishment and given a commendation letter from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. She was one of four officers in the state of Minnesota to receive the award. She ..... 
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Chatfield sets preliminary levy and budget for 2013

Fri, Sep 14th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

City Clerk Joel Young stated at the council’s September 10 meeting that the proposed levy increase is now at 4.8 percent, down from a few weeks ago. A total of ten thousand was removed from the preliminary budget of which $5,000 reduced the levy ..... 
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Chatfield Center for the Arts, local landmark designation

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

Robert Vogel, Preservation Planner, explained to the Chatfield City Council at their August 27 meeting the process to designate the Center for the Arts as a local landmark. Paul Novotny was absent. Vogel had submitted a report to the Heritage Pres ..... 
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Chatfield to upgrade paging antennae

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

Chief Shane Fox explained that the current repeater is not capable of narrow band operation during the Chatfield City Council’s August 13 meeting. It is mandated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that all public safety mobile radios ..... 
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2012 Public Works projects and purchases

Fri, Jul 27th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner David Morrill, McGhie and Betts, reported to the Chatfield City Council at their July 23 meeting that they had received six bids for the 2012 Water Distribution Improvements. The low bid was from Zenke, Inc. of La Crescent with a ..... 
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Emergency generator for the Thurber Municipal Building

Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner Dan Jaquith explained to the Chatfield City Council at their July 9 meeting that four proposals had been received from electrical contractors to install an emergency generator in the city municipal building. The low bid from Sou ..... 
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Chatfield reviews resident survey

Fri, Jun 29th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

Intern Jordan Boysen detailed the results of a resident survey at their June 25 meeting. The city participated in the State Auditor’s Performance Measurement Program. The intention of the survey is to measure the effectiveness of city services and ..... 
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