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Chatfield authorizes purchase of properties


Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner

The Chatfield City Council unanimously authorized the EDA to move forward with the purchase of two properties southwest of Highway 52 and north of Grove Street NW as recommended by the EDA. The authorization was contingent on the EDA’s review and agreement to any counter proposals. Councilor Robert Pederson was absent.

These parcels are part of the Twiford Street Redevelopment area. The city is trying to combine smaller parcels to create one or two larger parcels to attract a national variety store chain for the community. This area has been a housing area with small parcels and multiple owners. The EDA has taken advantage of opportunities to purchase properties in this area. Purchase offers for the two parcels have been made.

It was suggested that some of the funds from the Rochester sales tax distribution program be used to purchase the properties which could potentially be recaptured with the resale of the property.

Councilor Ken Jacobson said even if the sales tax distribution was put on hold, they should go ahead and purchase the properties. Councilor Paul Novotny noted he has heard feedback from citizens about the city purchasing property, but maintained they need additional property for the end use in mind.

Other Business In Brief

•Ken Jacobson was elected to serve as the vice-mayor. There will be a Committee of the Whole meeting at 6:00 p.m. on April 22 to discuss filling the vacant city council seat.

•Four bids had been submitted for the 2013 Street Improvement Project. Authorization was given to accept the low bid from Pember Companies, Inc., Menomonie, Wisconsin with a total bid of $178,918.05.

•Superintendent of City Services Tony Lammers requested and received approval to purchase a used Trackless MT5. The machine will be equipped with a 5 foot broom, snow blower, and 10 foot mower deck.

•The council approved the hire of Sam Peterson and Mitch Irish for summer help. They will work 40 hours per week.

•Spring clean-up begins May 6, 2013.

•The second consideration of Ordinance #408 was approved along with its publication. The ordinance amends charges for Fire Department services.

•The Growers’ Market will operate in City Park from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. each Thursday from May 9 through October 31.

•Dan Moulton wrote a letter expre .....
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Bernard ‘Bernie’ William Musty

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Bernard ‘Bernie’ William Musty Bernard ‘Bernie’ William Musty, 91, of Chatfield, Minn. died April 2, 2013, at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield. Bernie was born July 28, 1921, in Mazeppa, Minn. to Hubert and Elizabeth (Hinds) M ..... 
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Delores Mary McBroom

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Delores Mary McBroom Delores Mary McBroom, 90, of Chatfield, Minn. died Sunday, March 31, 2013, at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield where she had lived for four and a half years. Delores Mary Lynch was born August 17, 1922, in Chatfield ..... 
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ELCA Women’s Spring Gathering

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Faith & Worship

For inspiration and fellowship come to Chatfield Lutheran Church for the ELCA Women’s Spring Gathering of the Root River Conference on Saturday, April 13. Our theme is God’s Spirit from I Corithians 3:16 “Surely you know that you are God’s t ..... 
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Chatfield Community Education supports and serves families

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Features

Chatfield Community Education recognizes the importance of early childhood experiences. Therefore, it is a priority to support and serve families with young children. Programs and services have been designed with the young child in mind. ECFE The ..... 
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Robert Henry Siegel

Mon, Apr 1st, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Robert Henry Siegel, 91, of Chatfield, Minn., died Tuesday March 26, 2013, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Robert was born Oct. 12, 1921, in Chatfield, to Hugo W. and Clara Mae (Henry) Siegel. He graduated from Chatfield High School in ..... 
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Chatfield seats new mayor

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

Mayor Don Hainlen handed over the gavel to Chatfield’s new mayor Russ Smith at the March 25 meeting. Hainlen, having sold his home in Chatfield, resigned his position. The city charter directs that the vice-mayor shall assume the office of mayor ..... 
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Chatfield discusses snow day makeup

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Mitchell Walbridge With snowy Mondays all throughout the month of March, area schools have delayed and cancelled classes for the safety of their students. The story was the same for Chatfield School District. But how many snow days are too many ..... 
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Real Bites

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Real Bites

When dad is in charge On Friday, March 8, I was in charge of making dinner, which meant we were going out to eat somewhere. Since we live in Fountain, almost centrally located in Fillmore County, we usually just spin the dial and see where it take ..... 
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