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Chatfield takes no position on distribution of Rochester sales tax


Fri, Mar 15th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

The Chatfield City Council at their March 11 meeting decided not to take a position for or against House File 476 which seeks to add cities to receive a share of the Rochester area local sales tax. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent.

Legislation passed in 2012 provides for $5 million, collected from the local Rochester sales tax, to be made available and shared by seventeen cities surrounding Rochester including Chatfield. As the law stands, Chatfield is expected to receive $297,543.84 for economic development purposes.

There is legislation introduced by Rep. Steve Drazkowski that would extend the sales tax to more cities within a 25 miles radius of the Government Center in Rochester that were left off the list.

City Clerk Joel Young noted there are about 46,000 people in the seventeen cities and if the four additional cities of Wanamingo, Mazeppa, Grand Meadow, and Altura were added, there would be an additional 3,132 people. The distribution of the sales tax is to be on a per capita basis. Therefore, the city of Chatfield’s allocation would decrease by about $21,000 with the additional cities.

City Attorney Fred Suhler acknowledged that he represents a number of cities. The legislation requires the money to be used for economic development purposes and one of Suhler’s cities does not have an EDA. He added a city shouldn’t need to have an EDA because some don’t because they haven’t had the resources to do economic development. Suhler added there are other cities within the radius that need the money.

Young said they were not involved in the original legislation and distribution of the money, suggesting “this isn’t our fight.” Mayor Don Hainlen maintained they are asking us to make a hard decision because nobody else wants to make it. The safer position is to choose not to do anything. Councilor Paul Novotny said everyone within the radius is attached to Rochester, adding it shouldn’t be up to us to object.

The council unanimously approved a letter to the House Property and Local Tax Division “not taking a position in favor, or in opposition, of H.F. 476.”

Mayor Hainlen to Resign

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Hamilton ~ Zieser

Fri, Mar 8th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Social Scenes

Ryan Hamilton and Ellie Zieser, both Chatfield residents, were engaged in Denali National Park Alaska. Ryan works for Alliant Energy in Chatfield (lineman). Ellie works for Rochester Public Schools (special education teacher) at Churchill Elemen ..... 
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New Chatfield convenience store will be built “Kwik”

Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Features

A new Kwik Trip will be built in Chatfield, Minn. in the near future, giving residents and visitors a more convenient Kwik Trip store to stop and top off their tanks. Mr. Hans Zietlow, Director of Real Estate for Kwik Trip, Inc. stated, “Yes, we a ..... 
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Upgrades for cable TV administrator

Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

The Chatfield City Council at the February 25 meeting, granted two requests submitted by the city’s cable TV administrator, Craig Manahan. Mayor Don Hainlen was absent. The Personnel Committee and the Cable Access Board had recommended approval ..... 
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Laura Joanne Zeccardi

Wed, Feb 27th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Laura Joanne Zeccardi, 28, of Minneapolis, passed away peacefully Sunday Feb. 24, 2013, at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Fairview. Laura was born to parents, Alan V., and Linda J. Zeccardi in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., on Jan. 5, 1985. Lau ..... 
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Kids love to “Learn & Play”

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Features

Two things children love are to learn and to play. Two things parents want are for their children to be safe and well-cared for. At Learn & Play Daycare in Chatfield, Minn. parents and children get what they need. Learn & Play Daycare was open ..... 
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Chatfield’s Early Education system is a succesful program

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Mitchell Walbridge School board members of the Chatfield district met on Tuesday, February 19 to discuss a variety of topics, but one that attracted a lot of attention was Chatfield’s Kindergarten and early education program. Superintendent Ed ..... 
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Chatfield recognizes growth opportunities

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

City Clerk Joel Young discussed Mayo Clinic’s vision for the future at the February 11 meeting. Mayor Don Hainlen was absent. Mayo Clinic announced recently an ambitious plan for investment in future growth. Young suggested Chatfield make plans ..... 
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Benefit for the Jeche family

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Features

Several months after a severe car accident friends and family of the Dennis Jeche family are putting together a benefit to help with expenses. Dennis, Brenda, and Ashley Jeche were involved in a the car accident in Goodhue County on October 20, 2012 ..... 
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