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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 will make the whole system compatible. The total cost will be $48,204.90. The purchase was recommended by the Public Services Committee.

Last July Olmsted County offered to take over the maintenance and activation of the city’s sirens. Young said no one wants to take a chance on the public’s safety. The sirens will be tested once per month. Olmsted County will take over the maintenance after they are installed and they will be triggered from the storm center in Olmsted County.

Fire Contracts

The council approved contracts with seven townships. The only change from the previous contracts is the fee that is to be charged. The fee had been $19.50 per resident per year and that will be raised to $22.50 this year. Young said the increase is necessary to cover the growing cost of fire trucks and equipment. The city will match the increase dollar for dollar, meaning there will be an extra equal charge to the city. The townships include Pilot Mound, Chatfield, Jordan, Elmira, Orion, Pleasant Grove, and Sumner.

Other Business In Brief

•A Fleet Safety Program for 2012 was approved as recommended by the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust with some revisions.

•The council approved the allocation of $2,000 to help support the Lost Creek Hiking Trail in 2012 as recommended by the Park and Recreation Committee. Mayor Don Hainlen noted this will not be an annual fee. The money will be used to place a sign in City Park, for brochures and for insurance. Snowshoes can be rented to use on the trail.

•The annual report of 2011 zoning activity was discussed. Young noted that there were no houses built in the city in 2011. He said you have to go back decades to find another year with no new homes being built. One permit has been applied for in 2012 so far. Young said the zoning information is valuable in planning future infrastructure and is used to understand trends.

•Approval was given to purchase a 2013 Interceptor Utility AWD to replace a Ford Crown Victoria squad car. The lease is expiring on the old squad car. The cost of the new vehicle with options is $26,374.82. Approval was given for Chief Shane Fox to advertise for more part-time police officers. Fox said it is good to have enough part-timers available, noting they only get paid when they are working.

•Councilor Russ Smith explained that it was reported in the Public Works Committee that jetting maintenance has been reduced. Twelve manholes have been repaired and this has reduced the number of times the maintenance work is necessary. Smith said it was good to see that spending some money can save money in the long run.

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