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Chatfield restructures pay grid


Mon, Aug 31st, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

City Clerk Joel Young explained at the city council’s August 24 meeting that Chatfield’s pay grid is low compared to other cities of the same size. During the 2013 Law Enforcement Labor Services union negotiations, the city agreed to do a pay study. The last pay study for the city had been completed in 2006. The city’s current pay grid reflects wages that are lower than average for similar size cities.

Springsted Consulting, St. Paul, did the study and found that all but one position was paid below average.The proposal from the Personnel/Budget Committee is to raise the pay grid 9%, which would make about half of the employees above market and about half below. All employees will be repositioned back two steps from their current position, allowing them to enjoy the benefits over time if they are willing to stay. This proposed adjustment will actually make a real pay increase of approximately 2% effective September 19.

The budget impact for 2015 will be minimal, spreading the impact into 2016.

Councilor Ken Jacobson spoke in favor of the plan, which will allow the city to do a little catch up without the impact of a 9% across the board increase immediately.

Young acknowledged there is a shortage of employees, making for a competitive market. The proposal will allow the city to adjust over time.

Councilor Robert Pederson said, “We have to be competitive.” The concern is that without competitive wages the city can not retain or attract good employees. There was some discussion about the upcoming union negotiations and the effect the pay grid adjustment may have on them.

The pay grid restructuring was approved unanimously, which includes a 9% increase in the pay grid with a repositioning of all employees back two steps from their current position. Young thanked councilors for their support on behalf of everyone who works for the city.

Heritage Day

This will be a day long celebration on September 12 recognizing the community’s heritage. Actors will portray historical figures in front of various buildings and landmarks. A variety of other events will run from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.. Events will be coordinated by the Chatfield Center for the Arts. The council approved the placement of benches and rain canopies (if needed) and the allowance of vendors in City Park.

Employees move up

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Edna Beulah (Shaw) Winslow

Tue, Aug 25th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Edna Beulah (Shaw) Winslow, 96, passed away peacefully at home on August 22, 2015, joining her Savior in Heaven. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, Aug. 27 at 2:00 PM at the Fillmore Free Methodist Church with Pastor Mike Hopper officiat ..... 
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Steve’s Auto Care makes its move

Mon, Aug 24th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield All

Steve’s Auto Care Performance Center of Chatfield, Minn. is just getting settled into its new location at 105 Hwy. 30 W. after moving from the previous location on main street. Owner Steve Huper, who opened Steve’s Auto Care in 2011, states ..... 
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Grace Beatrice Rodgers

Tue, Aug 18th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Grace Beatrice Rodgers, 93, of Chatfield passed away August 13, 2015 in Chatfield. Grace was born on January 11, 1922 in Spring Valley, Minnesota to Vilan and Clara (Rongley) Groby . On June 26, 1946 she married Robert "Bob" Rodgers at the Emman ..... 
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Chatfield EDA requests CCA rezoning

Mon, Aug 17th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the August 10 Chatfield City Council meeting councilors unanimously approved the rezoning of Block 19, Chatfield Center for the Arts (CCA) at 405 Main St. South, from R-1 (low density residential) to B-1 (General Commercial). Councilor Dave Fran ..... 
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Chatfield Lutheran Church’s request to vacate alley approved

Mon, Aug 3rd, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

Steve Maki, chair of the construction committee for the church, reviewed the campaign to expand their building at the city council’s July 27 meeting. The campaign started in 2013. In the fall of 2014 church representatives first approached the cit ..... 
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Red Cross urges blood donations to maintain summer blood supply

Mon, Aug 3rd, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Features

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood in August and help meet the constant need for blood products by patients. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. Summer is an especially difficult time to collect enough blood ..... 
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Chatfield School Board discusses special education, welcomes new staff, reports changes in test scores and finances

By Morgan McManimon-Myers

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Education

The Chatfield School Board meeting on Monday July 20, 2015 at 7 p.m. The agenda was approved following motion by vice chair F. Mike Tuohy and second by director Scott Backer. Claims and accounts were approved following motion by treasurer Lanny Isen ..... 
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Robert "Bob" Adrian Sorenson

Tue, Jul 21st, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Robert "Bob" Adrian Sorenson, 94, of Chatfield, passed away at the Chosen Valley Care Center Sunday, July 19, 2015. Robert was born July 17, 1921 in Pilot Mound, Minnesota to Clarence A. & Lucy (Rain) Sorenson. Robert attended Thorson Country S ..... 
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