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Chatfield Discusses Enforcement of Noise Laws


Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner

At the Chatfield City Council’s August 12 meeting councilors considered the implications of enforcing Minnesota Statutes for muffler and motor vehicle noise limits. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent.

Police Chief Shane Fox explained that recently there has been an uptick in the number of complaints of vehicle noise caused by ‘jake brakes’ on trucks coming into town from the south in the early morning. He said the state will put up signs stating “Vehicle Noise Laws Enforced” with the passage of a resolution committing the City of Chatfield to the enforcement of Minnesota Statutes for muffler and motor vehicle noise limits.

Statute 169.69 reads, “Every motor vehicle shall at all times be equipped with a muffler in good working order which blends the exhaust noise into the overall vehicle noise and is in constant operation to prevent excessive or unusual noise...”

City attorney Fred Suhler suggested they consult with trucking companies about the complaints. If trucks have straight pipes, coasting causes the noise referred to as ‘jake braking.’

The city would be required to pay for the signs which would cost about $200 at each location.

Councilor Paul Novotny said while he supports tapering off the early morning noise, the issue should go to committee for further discussion before a decision is made. Putting the signs up and enforcing the state statute will affect people with other vehicles including those who have motorcycles and vehicles with mufflers that would not allow them to blend in.

The police could enforce noise statutes without the signs. Novotny suggested they need to discuss which roads would need signs if they decided to have them installed. The Public Services Committee will discuss the issue further. City Clerk Joel Young said sending the issue to committee does not exclude enforcement in the mean time.

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•The mayor’s signature was authorized for the sale of a portion of Outlot B (.37 acres) to Gerald and Maureen Barry.

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Morris Luther Spelhaug

Tue, Aug 13th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Morris Luther Spelhaug, 90, of Stewartville, died Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, at his home. Morris was born Feb. 2, 1923, in Crosby, N.D., to Christian and Alma (Swenson) Spelhaug. He attended school through the 8th grade. On May 25, 1943, he married In ..... 
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Walter Leonard Martin

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Walter Leonard Martin, 95, formerly of Wykoff, Minn. died July 26, 2013 in the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield, Minn. Walter was born on March 12, 1918, to Arthur and Agnes (Gorman) Martin on the home farm in Pilot Mound Township. Walter ..... 
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In the service - Sara C. Bartlett

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Social Scenes

Air Force Airman Sara C. Bartlett graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air ..... 
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Chatfield approves Sales Tax Agreement with Rochester

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

The Chatfield City Council at its July 22 meeting approved the sales tax agreement with Rochester, Minn. accepting the sales tax money. Councilor Dave Frank was absent. The agreement sets the terms for receiving the sales tax funding, which is to ..... 
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Independent Silver Band performs as finale to Chatfield’s summer concert series

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

The Independent Silver Band, from Mt. Vernon, Ill., will be making a stop in Chatfield, Minn. to perform on Thursday, August 1 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be at the Chatfield City Park band shell. The band is enroute to Northfield, Minn. to perfo ..... 
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Orvis Grandon Johnson

Tue, Jul 23rd, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Orvis Grandon Johnson, 91, of Chatfield, died Saturday, July 20, 2013, at the Faribault Care Center, where he had resided for a short time. Orvis was born July 21, 1921, in rural Fountain, to Peter O. and Minnie (Foss) Johnson. He graduated from C ..... 
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Lawrence F. “Larry” Zincke

Tue, Jul 23rd, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Lawrence F. “Larry” Zincke, 93, of Chatfield, Minn., formerly of Stewartville, Minn., died, surrounded by family Saturday, July 20, 2013, at Chosen Valley Care Center where he had resided three days. Lawrence Francis Zincke was born Jan. 29, ..... 
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Chatfield Schools discuss Athletic Department reform

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Education

In a little over one month Chatfield’s athletic and activities director, Dan Schindler, has made significant changes in the management of oversight of the Chatfield School District’s extracurricular programs. Along with the help of school board ..... 
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