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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.

*An agreement with Olmsted County was approved for routine maintenance of short sections of their roads. The city will maintain a half mile section of CSAH 10 within the city and less than a half mile of County Road 145. Payment to the city from the Olmsted County will be $3,852.94.

*Tony Lammers reported the city had received its recently purchased street sweeper. Sixteen Ash trees have been removed and public works people will soon be patching pot holes.

*Councilor Russ Smith reporting on the Public Works Committee said that seventeen manholes need rehab to maintain the system and that over 40,000 feet of the sanitary sewer system has been viewed via camera. Smith said the camera process is a good tool for planning and a starting point for needed repair.

*The second consideration and the publication of Ordinance #403 were both approved. This would vacate one foot of property along Spring Street, Lot 5, to help clear the title for sale of the property.

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