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Chatfield increases Fire Department officer pay


Mon, Nov 2nd, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

The Chatfield City Council at their October 26 meeting approved the doubling of fire officer’s pay. This pay increase was recommended after being discussed in the Public Services Committee.

Councilor Robert Pederson said they did question the amount of the increase in committee. The Chief will increase from $2,000 to $4,000. The first and second assistant Chief will increase from $500 to $1,000. The secretary and treasurer will also see an increase from $500 to $750. There will also be two separate training/safety officers instead of only one, each getting $750.

The argument for the pay increases is the fact that it is harder to find good officers willing to take on the responsibility and spend the time necessary to do the job.

The city and participating townships share the cost 50-50. City Clerk Joel Young said it will require a $1,500 increase in each budget. Councilor Ken Jacobson said in retrospect, the increase in officer pay has been put off, adding it is deserved.

The council previously approved increasing the number of firefighters from 24 to 26. Positions were open for two additional and two replacement firefighters. Four men have joined the department to fill these positions including Jim Hanson, Titan Haag, Mitch Irish, and Dan Funk.

Other business in brief

• Brian Burkholder announced that Chatfield has again received the Water Fluoridation Quality Award 2014. The award is given by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health, for consistent and professional adjustment of the water fluoride content to the optimum level for oral health.

• The purchase from Marco of two wireless access points for the Thurber Building was approved at a cost of $1,920.54. The upgrade will improve the service which is needed because of increased demand.

• The purchase of two picnic tables, one which will be handicapped accessible, was approved. The cost will be less than $2,000. These will be rubber coated metal picnic tables. Jacobson explained that they want to see what they look like before more are purchased. It has been discussed whether some tables could be purchased by individuals and placed in a city park, like has been done with benches, recognizing the gift with a plaque.

• The city approved a revolving loan for WIT Boyz about a year ago. Young said they were supposed to be in second position, but b .....
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Faye Wiskow

Tue, Oct 27th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Faye Wiskow died at the hospital in Ft. Myers, Fla. on October 21, 2015 surrounded by some of her dearest friends. Faye Muriel Bailey was born on May 30, 1933 to Lydia and Max Bailey of Chatfield, Minn. and grew up on a farm north of town. She gra ..... 
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Take a hike/run on the Lost Creek hiking trail

Mon, Oct 26th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Social Scenes

A trail hike/run is planned for Saturday, October 31 on the Lost Creek Hiking Trail in Chatfield. The Lost Creek Hiking Trail is a non-paved trail that runs 6.5 miles in one direction, along a hilly and somewhat challenging route. A shuttle ride t ..... 
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St. Paul Lutheran School expands to include high school

Mon, Oct 26th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Features

When Pastor Preston Paul became the minister of Chatfield’s St. Paul Lutheran Church in August of 2002, he had a dream of starting a parochial school. A few short months later, the congregation of the church conducted a feasibility study and the ..... 
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Gaga ball pit installed

Mon, Oct 19th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

During a relatively brief meeting of the Chatfield City Council on October 12, it was reported that the Gaga ball pit has been installed in Mill Creek Park on an existing sand volleyball court. City Clerk Joel Young noted that one Mom has stopped ..... 
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Chatfield Center for the Arts - LOL Comedy Showcase!!

Thu, Oct 15th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Features

Jon Wilson & Jeff Pfoser, Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets on sale for $15, www.chatfieldcfa.com. Jon Wilson - Headliner Jon Wilson is quickly becoming a favorite performer out of Minneapolis. His act is unique, memorable, and of cou ..... 
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JoAnn Barbara Bidsler

Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

JoAnn Barbara Bidsler, 71, of Chatfield, passed away peacefully Saturday, September 27, 2015, at her home in Chatfield. JoAnn was born February 6, 1944 to Raymond and Constance (Siem) Karau in Minneapolis. She graduated from John Marshall High ..... 
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Chatfield hires wastewater treatment plant operator

Mon, Sep 28th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

The Chatfield city council convened a special meeting on September 21 to consider hiring a wastewater treatment plant operator. Six people applied for the position, of which three were interviewed. Superintendent of city services Brian Burkholder ..... 
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Betty Mae Plenge

Thu, Sep 24th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Betty Mae Plenge , 86, of Chatfield died Wednesday, September 23rd at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield, where she had resided since the end of July. Betty was born August 26, 1929, in St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, MN. She graduated ..... 
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