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Mike Urban Appointed to Chatfield Council

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner

As the Chatfield city charter directs, the council voted to appoint a city resident to fill out the vacant seat created when Don Hainlen resigned his position as mayor. Vice-mayor Russ Smith became mayor as directed by the city charter. This left the council with a vacant seat which was filled at the council’s April 22 meeting. Members voted unanimously to seat Mike Urban, as Vice-mayor.

Urban was one of a group of four citizens which also included John McBroom, Tom French, and Rita Charlton that expressed interest in the seat to fill out the unexpired portion (about 21 months) of Smith’s term ending December 2014. Councilors had received numerous letters and phone calls, many in support of Urban. It was noted that former councilor Josh Thompson also expressed interest but withdrew his name due to his time constraints.

Smith was pleased with the interest from the public and councilor Ken Jacobson said all of those interested were very qualified to be on the council. It was suggested that they could still serve by serving on a committee or they could run for a council seat in the future.

Urban was sworn in and seated on the council. He later thanked them for their vote of confidence and the well wishers that sent e-mails supporting him.

Other Business In Brief

•Chatfield was named 2012 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for the twenty-first time. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the United States Forestry Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

•The first quarter financial report of 2013 was accepted as presented by Kay Coe. Revenues and expenses are on track at this point. Jacobson noted the financial report is well done.

•City Clerk Joel Young announced the city has met the requirements of the Local Government Pay Equity Act. He said they are in good shape for three years, but suggested their pay schedule be reviewed before then.

•Two committee changes were approved. Councilor Dave Frank will serve in the council position on Planning and Zoning and councilor Paul Novotny will serve on the Personnel Committee.

•The lowest of three quotes from Huntington Electric at $5,275 was accepted to replace the fire hall lights. The quarterly report for the fire department showed 12 incidents which involved 153 total personnel with an average of 13 personnel per incident. The Public Services committee discussed the possible purchase of grain bin rescue equipment.

•The council approved up to 200 one day swimming pool passes, each to be earned by a student reaching a goal in the action 100 reading program.

The school district has requested the expansion of the northern ball field at Mill Creek Park, requiring the fence to be moved farther out. This will necessitate the moving of the volleyball courts. It is assumed that the school district will pay for the changes.

•The Tourist Center will continue to be staffed. Volunteers are encouraged. Anyone interested should contact city hall.

•Councilor Robert Pederson thanked residents that keep their places up and suggested this is the time of year to do some touching up where needed.

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