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Chatfield reconsiders portion of engineering proposal


Fri, Jan 3rd, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

At a special meeting of the Chatfield City Council on December 30 councilors discussed a decision made at their November 25 meeting.

At the November meeting it was suggested that WSB’s projected engineering fee for St. Albans Place improvements of $12,600 for utility and street overlay improvements would not be reduced by much if a proposal from G-Cubed Engineering to provide services for utilities at that location was accepted. G-Cubed had offered a flat rate of $8,500 to design the utilities for EZ Fabrication. G-Cubed had already done some of the engineering work including field work and surveying for the Lonestone Subdivision and lift station.

At the November meeting it was decided that the WSB engineering costs would be reduced only slightly if the G-Cubed proposal was accepted. WSB representative Dillon Dombrovski maintained they would need to review the earlier engineering work completed by G-Cubed.

The proposal accepted in November from WSB was for all four of the 2014 street improvement projects which included St. Albans Place (also Twiford Street, Bench Street, and West Chatfield improvements). The total proposal accepted was not to exceed $89,300.

Mark Welch representing G-Cubed met with the Public Works Committee on December 9. He insisted that the G-Cubed proposal would save the city money as they had already done extensive work at the EZ Fabricating site. Therefore, they could provide the service at a cost saving rate if the underground utility portion was separated from the resurfacing portion of the work for St. Albans Place. The committee decided it would be best to discuss the proposal at the city council again and reconsider this portion of the council’s November decision.

In a letter to Joel Young in early December, Welch insisted their proposal would not be “on top” of the WSB proposal. He questioned why there was a need to review engineering plans that had already been completed.

Councilor Paul Novotny suggested they don’t have an “apples to apples” comparison for the cost. The G-Cubed proposal was for just the utility portion and not the street overlay portion. He added that it sounds as though the city could save some money using G-Cubed, adding he didn’t see the need for a huge review.

Councilor Robert Pederson noted the city is in a transition period with their engineering firm, adding they are working for us. Mayor R .....
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Loren “Tom” Thomas Jeche

Tue, Dec 31st, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Loren “Tom” Thomas Jeche, 69, of Chatfield, Minn., died Friday December 27, 2013 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Tom was born February 21, 1944 in Spring Valley, Minn. to Loren and Laura (Bagan) Jeche. He attended schools in Wyko ..... 
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Chatfield School Board approves 2014 levy

Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Education

CPA Alan Anderson was in attendance at the Chatfield School Board meeting on Monday, December 16 to give a district audit financial report on the 2012-2013 school year budget. Anderson reported that the school district is doing well in terms of its ..... 
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Richard Holets, Jr.

Tue, Dec 24th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Richard Holets, Jr., 93 of Chatfield, Minn., died Friday, December 20, 2013, at his home in Chatfield. Richard was born April 14, 1920, just south of Chatfield to Richard and Mildred (Oviatt) Holets. He attended country school District 83, and gra ..... 
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Dora Kammer

Wed, Dec 18th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Dora Kammer, 87, of Chatfield, Minn., died Saturday, December 14, 2013 at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield. Dora was born May 13, 1926 in rural Fountain, Minn. to Baldwin and Effa (Strom) Skrukrud. She attend schools in Chatfield and gr ..... 
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Wesley Dean Idso

Tue, Dec 17th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Wesley Dean Idso, 83, of Chatfield, Minn., died on Saturday December 14, 2013 from complications of Alzheimers Disease at Chatfield Care and Rehabilitation Center, where he had been a resident since April of 2012. Wesley was born on June 13, 1931 ..... 
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Helen J. Burk

Tue, Dec 17th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Helen J. Burk, 85, of Chatfield, Minn. died Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield. Helen Josephine Lynch Burk was born November 29, 1928, in Elmira Twp, Chatfield to Daniel E. and Claire H. (Manahan) Lynch. She gr ..... 
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One man’s goodbye is another’s good buy

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Features

After a lifetime of reading and collecting books, Ed Jackson of Chatfield, Minn. has decided it’s time to say good bye to his vast collection of approximately 4,000 books and has opened a bookstore called Famous Books in the basement of his home. ..... 
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Chatfield 2014 levy down slightly

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the December 9 meeting of the Chatfield City Council the 2014 final budget and property tax levy was adopted showing a decrease of .0002 percent in the levy or about $24. The total 2014 levy will be $1,225,793. City Clerk Joel Young credited th ..... 
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