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Chatfield responds to complaints of vehicle noise


Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner

Several Chatfield residents have complained about the loud noises created by large trucks as they enter the city from the south. At the city council’s September 23 meeting the council approved the placement of signs which declare “Vehicle Noise Laws Enforced.”

A request will be submitted to MnDOT to install the signs along Highway 52 at the north and south ends of the city, along Highway 30 at the west end of the city, and along Highway 74 at the east end of the city. A resolution was adopted that states that the city will enforce Minnesota Statute 169.69 (Muffler) and Minnesota Statute 169.693 (Motor Vehicle Noise Limits).

The total cost of the four signs is $813. The city pays for each sign when it is first installed and MnDOT replaces any sign that is damaged.

Police Software

Approval was given to purchase the same law enforcement software that is being installed in Fillmore County. Police Chief Shane Fox explained that the software is LETG which is out of the Twin Cities. LETG software is being used by 200 law enforcement departments and 30 counties in the state. Fox said the software will give the department an office and mobile component allowing information to be received in squad cars, which should improve efficiency of officers.

Communication and the sharing of information between departments will be improved. The new, upgraded software will cost approximately $29,000. The software the city currently has was budgeted to be replaced this year. Fox said they have had that software for 10 years and have never been happy with it.

Sewer Line Repairs

Darryl Haner, wastewater treatment plant superintendent, explained that of the 12 fixes scheduled for 2013, five have been completed. The remaining repairs on the priority list went out for bid to five companies. The lowest bid that bid all the work was offered by Visu-Sewer for $33,516.25.

Haner noted that it had originally been estimated that all the work for the 12 repairs would cost about $100,000. It looks like the work can be completed for about 60 percent of that.

The Visu-Sewer bid was accepted. Haner said the sewer line repair process makes the pipes as durable as PVC and could last 50 to 75 years. The work on the last of the 12 repairs will likely wait until after the first of the year until the ground is frozen.

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In the service - Kyle J. Hermanson

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Social Scenes

Army First Lt. Kyle J. Hermanson won the U.S. Air Force ball coin design competition. Hermanson is an executive officer assigned to the Bravo Battery 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery at Suown Air Base, South Korea. The first lieutenant ..... 
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Chatfield details school district emergency plans

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Mitchell Walbridge Chatfield School Board members met on Monday, September 16, which has been the first meeting since the beginning of the new school year. All board members were present for the meeting along with Superintendent Harris, Principa ..... 
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Ceremony honors soldiers killed in 1862 Dakota War

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Features

By Joe Chase On Sunday, August 25, Chatfield Mayor Russell Smith and four others from Chatfield (Joel and Andrew Young, Michael Martin and myself) attended a memorial service at the cemetery at Fort Ridgely State Park, near Fairfax, Minn. It was an ..... 
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Chatfield Brass Band invites new members

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

The Chatfield Brass (and woodwind) Band invites new members to join the group as they begin their fall rehearsal schedule. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the elementary school band room. The first rehearsal was on Thursday, Sep ..... 
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Evelyn Lucille Skjeie

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Evelyn Lucille Skjeie, 92, of Chatfield, Minn. died Thursday, September 5, 2013, at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield. Evelyn was born November 4, 1920, in Ellington Twp., Hancock County, Iowa to Hans and Fronie (Fuller) Scott. On May ..... 
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Chatfield adopts preliminary 2014 levy reflecting a slight decrease

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner The Chatfield City Council at their September 9 meeting adopted the 2014 preliminary budget and levy. City clerk Joel Young reported that the city managed to keep the proposed levy about the same as 2013 because of the sales tax ex ..... 
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Wedding - McCabe ~ Beck

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Social Scenes

Tom and Tammy McCabe of Chatfield, Minn. are happy to announce the wedding of their daughter, Samantha McCabe, to Marty Beck, son of Thomas Beck of Lime Springs, Iowa and Ia and Shirley McCarville of LeRoy, Minn. The bride is a 2013 graduate fro ..... 
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Chatfield approves parcel split

Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner Kyle and Karla Bucknell requested a split of the Ferguson parcel on Hill Street at the Chatfield City Council’s August 26 meeting. The couple is looking to buy a 3.43 acre portion of the property that lies on the eastern side of ..... 
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