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CUP for apartments in Chatfield general commercial district issued


Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the Chatfield City Council’s March 10 meeting an application submitted by property owners Geoff and Monica Griffin to construct four apartments in their building located at 15 Third Street SE was approved. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent.

The B-1 (general commercial district) zoning encompasses commercial businesses or residential uses where fewer parking stalls are needed. A public hearing had been held on March 3 at a Planning and Zoning meeting. P & Z commissioners adopted the Findings of Fact and recommended the city council issue the Conditional Use Permit with five conditions attached.

Conditions include one parking stall per apartment (no parking in the alley), the installation of a sidewalk from existing sidewalk along Third Street to Unit 4, a landscape buffer on the northern edge of the property line, seasonal maintenance of the outside area, and an annual inspection of the building by the city for compliance.

Councilors unanimously adopted a resolution to issue the CUP and to allow the construction of the four residential apartments.

2013 Audit Accepted

Jason Boynton, Smith & Schafer and Associates, reviewed the 2013 audit report. A clean, unqualified opinion was issued. The city’s tax capacity decreased as a result of the state’s change to market value exclusion (from $1,539,619 in 2012 to $1,484,605 in 2013).

Local Government Aid provides 22 percent of the city’s governance revenue. The city’s unreserved general fund balance was at 56 percent in 2013. That is 56 percent of the next year’s general fund property tax levy. This is consistent with policy which is for the reserves to be between 40 and 60 percent.

Boynton commented that he has been impressed with the planning that happens in Chatfield. The audit report was accepted as presented.

A resolution was adopted to transfer money out of two obsolete funds, fund 315 or the 1997 Water Debt Service Fund and fund 329 or the 2008A Hillside Drive and Water Tower Debt Service Fund. The funds were closed and any remaining dollars were transferred to the Water Capital Improvement Fund and the 2012A Water Tower Debt Service Fund.

Other Business In Brief

•Timothy Melver was hired as full time Patrol Officer, effective March 11. Chief Shane Fox reported that Melver was selected from three part time officers that had been interviewed. City Clerk Jo .....
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Christian “Chris” Sebastian Grutzmacher

Tue, Mar 11th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Christian “Chris” Sebastian Grutzmacher “Mr. G”, 67, of Chatfield, Minn., died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, of natural causes. He was born July 10, 1946, in Winona, Minn., to Walter and Ida (Gillingham) Grutzmacher of Lewiston, Minn. Chris gra ..... 
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Newell Delbert Holt

Tue, Mar 11th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Newell Delbert Holt, 84 of Chatfield, Minn., died Tuesday March 4, 2014 at Mayo Clinic Hospital –Saint Marys. Newell was born January 15, 1930 to the late Stanley and Velora Holt. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean war. P ..... 
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Goldsmiths’ gentle giants

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Features

Dan Goldsmith says, “Don’t be intimidated by their size.” As I look up...way up to the face of “Fawn”, a strikingly magnificent Belgian horse, looks down with affection in her eyes. Amy and Dan Goldsmith own Goldsmith Belgians located ..... 
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In the company of horses

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Features

Bring up the topic of horses to Tracy Hanson of Chatfield, Minn., and a certain glint comes into his eyes as he describes his love for horses. The only thing which brings a bigger smile to Tracy’s face is talking about his family and their involve ..... 
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Chatfield to forgo billing for extra water and sewer costs

Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Chatfield encourages residents with drinking water temperature of 40 degrees or lower to run their water continuously to prevent freezing of lateral water lines, a water main freezing, or a broken water main. Councilors approved the averaging of eac ..... 
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Response to “A view of liberalism”...

Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, In Stan Gudmundson’s article, “A View of Liberalism,” he states, “I do not care for liberalism. Not at all.” Well, Mr. Gudmundson, I don’t care for conservatism. Not at all, especially the extreme right wing ideology th ..... 
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Christian “Chris” Sebastian Grutzmacher “Mr. G”

Wed, Feb 26th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Christian “Chris” Sebastian Grutzmacher “Mr. G”, 67, of Chatfield, Minn., died Saturday, February 22, 2014, of natural causes. He was born July 10, 1946, in Winona, Minn., to Walter and Ida (Gillingham) Grutzmacher of Lewiston, Minn. Chri ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Ireland Ranee Delaney

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Social Scenes

Big brother Dallas welcomes his baby sister, Ireland Ranee Delaney. Parents are Cameran and Ashlee Delaney of Chatfield, Minn. She was born on December 15, 2013. Ireland weighed 8 lbs. and was 19 inches long. Grandparents are Russell and Cynthia S ..... 
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