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Stipends OK’d for Chatfield EMTs


Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Ambulance Director Susan Kester addressed the Chatfield City Council at their August 11 meeting about the problem she has had getting volunteers to cover weekend hours. She noted that other ambulance services are also finding it difficult to get people willing to sign up for weekend call time.

Kester praised the people on the ambulance crew, but acknowledged that people put in fewer hours than they did in the past. She asked the council to consider paying the EMTs that are on call during the weekend hours a $2 per hour stipend to encourage sign up for these hours. The stipend would be in addition to any stipend that may be earned while on an actual call.

The difficulty in covering the hours of 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday was discussed at a recent Public Services Committee meeting and the committee favored the implementation of a stipend on weekends. Two EMTs must be scheduled to be on call at all times.

The weekend on call stipend would cost an additional $240 per weekend or $12,480 per year. Kester asked that the stipend be implemented immediately and it would cost $4,800 for the remainder of 2014. The weekend on call stipend was approved.

Kester noted that an increase in training fees has been figured into the next budget to cover these hours.

Bond Sale

David Drown explained that the council had authorized the competitive sale of General Obligation Bonds a couple of weeks ago for the 2014 Street and Utility Improvements. The bond sale for the $1,725,000 improvement project resulted in five bids. Raymond James and Associates, Inc. had the most favorable bid with a purchase price of $1,751,683 and a 1.9 percent effective interest rate over the life of the 10 year bond. This lowest cost deal was accepted and is scheduled to close September 2.

Other Business In Brief

•The first payment to Zenke, Inc. for the 2014 Improvement projects in the amount of $210,448.25 was approved. Dillon Dombrovski, WSB and Associates, noted there is a 5 percent retainage each month in the event that any problems have to be remedied down the road. City Clerk Joel Young said everything has been going surprisingly well, the water has been shut off from time to time and people have been pretty understanding

•Young explained the terms of a proposal to pay off assessments on Fingerson-Donahoe Subdivision Second Phase Lots (originally eight residential lo .....
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Small hitch in Western Days

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Features

Although Western Days 2014 in Chatfield, Minn. started out a little bumpy with the carnival rides not arriving as they were scheduled, the city went forward with the many other activities that had been planned for the 47th annual celebration. Cody ..... 
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Guest Commentary: The continuing success of the ACA

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Commentary

By Herb Panko, Chatfield, MN I find it amazing that so many of the Obamacare detractors keep acting like spoiled children who didn’t get their way. They continue living in a magical world, thinking that the ACA will just disappear. (Read Davids ..... 
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Janice Rose Rowland

Wed, Aug 6th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Janice Rose Rowland passed away August 4, 2014 at the Seasons Hospice Home in Rochester. Janice was born May 12, 1931 to Elmer and Minnie (Becke) Redman in Winthrop, MN. She was baptized May 16, 1931 at home and confirmed in the Lutheran Church ..... 
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Chatfield grills Mediacom representative

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Councilors made it clear at the Chatfield City Council’s July 28 meeting that Mediacom customers in Chatfield were displeased with the recent channel changes made by the company. Councilors Paul Novotny and Dave Frank were absent. Lee Grassley, ..... 
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Response to “Ashamed of America’s citizens”...

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I would like to respond to the letter “Ashamed of America’s citizens” from Tom Frederick. I have heard a lot of conspiracy theories surrounding the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, each claiming bizarre and unfounded s ..... 
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Legally Blonde is a smash

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

Everyone is talking about Wits’ End Theatre’s funny, smart, thoroughly engaging 2014 production, Legally Blonde The Musical. The story of California girl Elle Woods’ unlikely, inspiring career at Harvard Law School, Legally Blonde opened last ..... 
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Marion Alice Pesek Hutton

Thu, Jul 31st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Marion Alice Pesek Hutton Bicknese-Flatwoods, Tennessee. A dear lady has left us, on Sunday June 22, 2014, at the age of 97. Marion was born in New Prague, Minnesota on June 29, 1916 to John Frank and Emma (Chromy) Pesek. Her family moved to Austin, ..... 
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Wit’s End theatre to host “Pink Ribbon Night”

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

Chatfield, Minn., – In theme with our “pink” 2014 production: Legally Blonde — the Musical, Wits’ End Theatre is hosting a pre-show, breast cancer benefit and awareness evening. The event takes place August 2, from 6 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. at Cha ..... 
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