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Chatfield looks forward to 2013


Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

The January 14 Chatfield City Council meeting began with the administration of the oath of office for re-elected Mayor Don Hainlen and newly elected councilor Robert Pederson and re-elected councilor Dave Frank. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent.

Pederson was presented a plaque with the Athenian Oath, an oath of civic responsibility. Russ Smith was elected Vice-Mayor.

Mayor Hainlen reviewed the high points of 2012 and noted expected activities and opportunities for 2013. In 2012 the city had the sewer lines video taped to provide information for prioritizing necessary short- and long-term repairs. Hainlen said that there are new shops on Main Street and some planning for new construction expansions. A new policy for posting the city’s used equipment that is for sale on the Internet has resulted in more interest and higher sale prices. The use of iPads by the council has allowed for electronic and improved communications. The city was able to present a 2013 budget requiring a minimal tax increase.

In 2013 the Mayor noted the city will continue to work on sewer repairs. The boulevard trees are to be removed. What may be put in there place is still being discussed. Hainlen noted that the local motel has been sold and that there have been discussions on the possibility of a new motel. The Center for the Arts continues to be used for a wide variety of events, business meetings, celebrations, and so on. Hainlen referred to the Center as a quality of life asset. He concluded saying he was looking forward to opportunities in 2013.

Other Business In Brief

•Kristi Clarke, city planner, listed six recommended changes to the Zoning Ordinance. Language in the B-1 district for permitted uses is recommended to be changed from “reducing salons” to “fitness center, spa.” In the B-1 district conditional uses may include bed and breakfasts. In the RR district the words “Signs shall not exceed 25 feet” are recommended to be deleted. Also, the minimum standards of a lot width and depth are clarified. In the R-2 zone the words “Signs shall not exceed 25 feet” are recommended to be deleted. Sign standards are regulated in Section 109.

The council authorized City Attorney Fred Suhler to produce a draft of the changes.

•Tony Lammers reviewed proposed 2013 street and utility improvements. A top ten list of needed repairs to the city’s sanitary sewer system has .....
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Chatfield looks forward to 2013

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

The January 14 Chatfield City Council meeting began with the administration of the oath of office for re-elected Mayor Don Hainlen and newly elected councilor Robert Pederson and re-elected councilor Dave Frank. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent. ..... 
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Richard P. Tuohy

Wed, Jan 16th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Richard P. Tuohy was born Aug. 17, 1945, to Joseph F. and Teresa S. Tuohy in Chatfield. He was a graduate of Saint John's University in 1967. JD from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1970. Richard died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, in Rochester ..... 
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Leona Odegarden

Fri, Jan 4th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Leona Odegarden Leona Allene Odegarden, 89, of Chatfield, Minn. died Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield where she had resided for 5 months. Leona was born Jan. 23, 1923, in rural Stewartville to Chris Groen an ..... 
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Mildred Evelyn Gill

Fri, Jan 4th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Mildred Evelyn Gill Mildred Evelyn Gill, 94, of Chatfield, Minn died Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield. Mildred Evelyn Dushek was born March 25, 1918, in Eyota, Minn to Harry Dushek and Della (Meredith) Dushek. ..... 
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Chatfield to host 11th annual Chill Fest

Fri, Jan 4th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

The City of Chatfield, Minn. will host its 11th annual Chill Fest on Saturday, January 26, 2013. This year’s Chill Fest has fun events for everyone whether you enjoy being outside in the “chill” or inside where it’s toasty warm. Chill Fe ..... 
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Chatfield’s Math Data team helps students make the mark “The Perfect Storm”

Fri, Dec 28th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

Chatfield High School’s Seniors hit an all-time high for passing the Math MCA test. With 93 percent of their students passing the test, this far has exceeded any of our expectations, according to High School Principal, Randy Paulson. “Our origin ..... 
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“Help Our Neighbors” helps senior citizens in the their homes

Fri, Dec 28th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Health & Wellness

An organization called Help Our Neighbors can be the key to helping Senior Citizens stay in their homes and active in the community by providing services they need to stay independent. The services that the Help Our Neighbors organization assists wi ..... 
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Superintendent Harris addresses school safety

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

As Christmas Break quickly approaches for most school districts, the Chatfield School Board met on Monday, December 17 to wrap up the business for 2012. Because it was the December meeting, the Truth in Taxation Hearing occurred during this regular ..... 
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