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Chatfield accepts grant for generator


Mon, Mar 19th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield All

About a year ago Dan Jaquith was authorized by the city council to write and submit a grant to Homeland Security for the purpose of installing a generator in the Thurber Building to maintain services through a power loss. The council accepted the grant at the council’s March 12 meeting. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent.

The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) will provide $71,371 toward the purchase and installation of the generator. The city’s matching share is to be $23,790. The total project cost is estimated to be $95,000.

The city council approved a resolution in support of Fillmore County’s Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) Project. The county’s effort is in collaboration with the cities and ambulance and first responder services within the county. If the grant is successful, AEDs would be purchased with the funds; first for county squad cars, second for county buildings, and third for participating municipal buildings based on available funding. Mayor Don Hainlen suggested AEDs would be put in city hall and the Center for the Arts.

Annual Audit

Jason Boynton, Smith Schafer and Associates, presented the annual audit for the year ending December 31, 2011. He issued an unqualified, clear opinion, adding there are no major concerns from an audit perspective. The tax capacity of the city increased between 2002 and 2011 through community growth and increased market values. However, that growth leveled off over the past three years.

The city is receiving fewer state dollars due to a reduction in Local Government Aid (LGA). LGA in 2010 and 2011 was reduced to levels similar to those received in 2005.

Public safety is the city’s most significant expenditure, which is typical for a community of this size. The Fund balance is at 62 percent, showing the city has sufficient reserves. The city continues to make timely payments on its debt. The city decreased total outstanding debt by $1,037,501 during the current fiscal year.

The council accepted the audit as presented.

Other Business In Brief

*A Memo of Understanding was approved between both the Chatfield Ambulance Service and the Chatfield Fire Department and Help our Neighbors (HON). HON is a community task force that will provide services to area seniors to help them live independently and stay in their homes.

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Robert Hurley

Mon, Mar 19th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Robert Hurley, age 81, of Chatfield, died Friday, March 9, 2012, at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield. Robert Eugene Hurley was born on October 28, 1930 to Michael and Mary (McCabe) Hurley in Caledonia, MN. After graduating from ..... 
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Chatfield looking into 2008 bond refinancing

Mon, Mar 5th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield All

Mike Bubany, David Drown Associates, Inc., at the council’s February 27 meeting discussed the potential savings the city could realize by refinancing the 2008 bond which was originally sold to finance the new water tower, a booster station, and th ..... 
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Chatfield Schools looks at American Reading Company system

Mon, Feb 27th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Features

The 100 Book Challenge (100 BC) system is a systematic approach to foster independent reading from the American Reading Company. Elementary principal Craig Ihrke and teacher on special assignment Judith Brockway pitched the program to the school boa ..... 
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Chatfield upgrades city sirens

Mon, Feb 20th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield All

The Chatfield City Council approved the purchase of updated sirens and associated equipment at their February 13 meeting. Councilors Josh Thompson and Dave Frank were absent. City Clerk Joel Young said the purchase and installation of the sirens w ..... 
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Eunice Battey

Mon, Feb 20th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Eunice Battey, 86 of Chatfield, died Sunday, February 12, 2012, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester where she had been since Tuesday, February 7, 2012. Eunice Evelyn Korsten was born on June 1, 1925, in Goodhue, MN to Henry and Katherine ..... 
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Virgil Kulsrud

Mon, Feb 13th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Virgil Everett Kulsrud, 89, died Friday January 20, 2012, at Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield, where he had lived for the past eight months. He was born on March 20, 1922, in rural Lanesboro, attended area schools, and graduated from Preston H ..... 
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Paul Denny

Mon, Feb 13th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Paul C. Denny, 78 of Chatfield, died Monday (Feb. 6, 2012) from complications of a lengthy illness with multiple sclerois at Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield, where he had been a resident since 2006. Paul Carlton Denny was born Jan. 7, 1934, ..... 
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Doug Ohman presenting at Chatfield Center for the Arts

Mon, Feb 13th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

Award-winning photographer Doug Ohman will present “Vanishing Landmarks” at the American Legion Room in the Chatfield Center for the Arts on Thursday, February 23 at 7:00pm. Travel back roads and small towns with photographer Doug Ohman as he ..... 
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