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Chatfield authorizes purchase of properties


Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner

The Chatfield City Council unanimously authorized the EDA to move forward with the purchase of two properties southwest of Highway 52 and north of Grove Street NW as recommended by the EDA. The authorization was contingent on the EDA’s review and agreement to any counter proposals. Councilor Robert Pederson was absent.

These parcels are part of the Twiford Street Redevelopment area. The city is trying to combine smaller parcels to create one or two larger parcels to attract a national variety store chain for the community. This area has been a housing area with small parcels and multiple owners. The EDA has taken advantage of opportunities to purchase properties in this area. Purchase offers for the two parcels have been made.

It was suggested that some of the funds from the Rochester sales tax distribution program be used to purchase the properties which could potentially be recaptured with the resale of the property.

Councilor Ken Jacobson said even if the sales tax distribution was put on hold, they should go ahead and purchase the properties. Councilor Paul Novotny noted he has heard feedback from citizens about the city purchasing property, but maintained they need additional property for the end use in mind.

Other Business In Brief

•Ken Jacobson was elected to serve as the vice-mayor. There will be a Committee of the Whole meeting at 6:00 p.m. on April 22 to discuss filling the vacant city council seat.

•Four bids had been submitted for the 2013 Street Improvement Project. Authorization was given to accept the low bid from Pember Companies, Inc., Menomonie, Wisconsin with a total bid of $178,918.05.

•Superintendent of City Services Tony Lammers requested and received approval to purchase a used Trackless MT5. The machine will be equipped with a 5 foot broom, snow blower, and 10 foot mower deck.

•The council approved the hire of Sam Peterson and Mitch Irish for summer help. They will work 40 hours per week.

•Spring clean-up begins May 6, 2013.

•The second consideration of Ordinance #408 was approved along with its publication. The ordinance amends charges for Fire Department services.

•The Growers’ Market will operate in City Park from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. each Thursday from May 9 through October 31.

•Dan Moulton wrote a letter expressing his gratitude and to commend the assistance of both the police and the fire department. He had a fire in a semi trailer on his property on March 26.

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