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Chatfield goes forward with 2013 street improvements

Fri, Feb 1st, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

Superintendent of City Services Tony Lammers at the city council’s January 28 meeting reviewed the proposed street improvements for 2013. The project will include milling and overlaying Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Streets between Twiford Street and Fillmore Street.

Lammers said there will be a lot of curb and gutter work where there is deterioration or settling of the curb, a considerable amount of sidewalk to be replaced, and a few catch basins will be repaired. American with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant curb ramps will be installed.

The total project cost is expected to be $170,793.10.

Ten repairs of the sewer collection system will also be made this year that have been determined to be of the highest priority.

The council approved the city engineer’s proposal provided by David Morrill, McGhie and Betts, Inc., and authorized the creation of plans and specifications for the projects.

Other Business In Brief

•Re-elected councilor Ken Jacobson was administered the oath of office. He was absent at the first meeting of the year when oaths were administered.

•Household hazardous waste collection is scheduled for September 17 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

•The first reading of zoning amendments to Ordinance 407 was approved. The amendments are language changes recommended by the Planning and Zoning Commission.

•Approval was given for the Pay Equity Implementation Form. City Clerk Joel Young explained the report required by the state every two to three years determines if the city treats both genders equally. According to the predicted pay line, fifty percent of both male and female employees are below the line. He suggested the city may need to bring in a payroll consultant within the next couple of years.

•Michelle Thorson was hired again for the 2013 season as swimming pool director. The position paid $4,300 in 2012. She will enjoy the same percent of increase in compensation as other city employees for 2013.

•Councilor Jacobson reported for the Park and Recreation Committee. At that meeting Tim Gossman and Jenny Bradt discussed the possibility of a parking area at the beginning of the Lost Creek Hiking Trail.

•Councilor Robert Pederson reported for the Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC). He listed the five concepts of historic preservation. 1)Historic buildings and sites are scarce, non-renewable cultural resources and should be treated as critical assets for community development. 2)Historic preservation is an important public service and a legitimate responsibility of city government. 3)Not everything that is old is worth preserving: protective measures should focus on significant historic resources. 4)Saving significant resources for the benefit of future generations is always in the public interest. 5)Effective historic preservation policies are those which create a partnership between the owners of historic properties and city government.

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