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Chatfield looks forward to 2013


Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

The January 14 Chatfield City Council meeting began with the administration of the oath of office for re-elected Mayor Don Hainlen and newly elected councilor Robert Pederson and re-elected councilor Dave Frank. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent.

Pederson was presented a plaque with the Athenian Oath, an oath of civic responsibility. Russ Smith was elected Vice-Mayor.

Mayor Hainlen reviewed the high points of 2012 and noted expected activities and opportunities for 2013. In 2012 the city had the sewer lines video taped to provide information for prioritizing necessary short- and long-term repairs. Hainlen said that there are new shops on Main Street and some planning for new construction expansions. A new policy for posting the city’s used equipment that is for sale on the Internet has resulted in more interest and higher sale prices. The use of iPads by the council has allowed for electronic and improved communications. The city was able to present a 2013 budget requiring a minimal tax increase.

In 2013 the Mayor noted the city will continue to work on sewer repairs. The boulevard trees are to be removed. What may be put in there place is still being discussed. Hainlen noted that the local motel has been sold and that there have been discussions on the possibility of a new motel. The Center for the Arts continues to be used for a wide variety of events, business meetings, celebrations, and so on. Hainlen referred to the Center as a quality of life asset. He concluded saying he was looking forward to opportunities in 2013.

Other Business In Brief

•Kristi Clarke, city planner, listed six recommended changes to the Zoning Ordinance. Language in the B-1 district for permitted uses is recommended to be changed from “reducing salons” to “fitness center, spa.” In the B-1 district conditional uses may include bed and breakfasts. In the RR district the words “Signs shall not exceed 25 feet” are recommended to be deleted. Also, the minimum standards of a lot width and depth are clarified. In the R-2 zone the words “Signs shall not exceed 25 feet” are recommended to be deleted. Sign standards are regulated in Section 109.

The council authorized City Attorney Fred Suhler to produce a draft of the changes.

•Tony Lammers reviewed proposed 2013 street and utility improvements. A top ten list of needed repairs to the city’s sanitary sewer system has .....
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Chatfield 2013 final levy increase less than two percent

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner During the Chatfield city council’s last meeting of 2012, councilors approved the final 2013 levy and budget. City Clerk Joel Young detailed the numbers for the city. The preliminary levy had been approved in September at an inc ..... 
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Chatfield increases water and sewer rates

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the November 26 Chatfield City Council meeting an amended list of Particular Fees, Fines and Charges under Ordinance 406 was unanimously adopted. Councilor Paul Novotny was absent. All city fees, fines, and charges will remain constant with th ..... 
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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 anticipa ..... 
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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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