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Chatfield Public Library Receives Preservation Award


Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

Library Board President Sharlene Owens accepts the Preservation Award from Chatfield Mayor Russ Smith. Photo by Karen Reisner

By Karen Reisner

Preservation planner Robert Vogel, during the city council’s June 10 meeting, reviewed the history of the award which was first presented in 2009 by the Chatfield Heritage Preservation Commission. The purpose of the award is to recognize an individual or organization that has made use of Chatfield’s historic resources.

Vogel noted the city has played a pivotal role in supporting the library which was built in 1911 with the help of a Carnegie Foundation grant. It was opened in 1915. The library was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. In 1997 the city sponsored a major renovation and added an elevator.

Library Board President Sharlene Owens and Library Director Monica Erickson were on hand for the award.

Grain Bin Rescue Equipment

The Fire Department has raised $3,885 from grants and donations toward the purchase of grain bin rescue equipment and expects to raise even more. The council voted to go ahead and purchase the equipment as recommended by the Public Services Committee at a total cost of $7,339.89, which includes training. The Fire Department’s equipment fund will cover the balance of the cost.

Mayor Russ Smith maintained the money is well spent if it can help save a life down the road.

Other Business In Brief

*The resignation of Matthew J. Opat as Chatfield’s prosecuting attorney effective June 26 was accepted. Opat will be sworn in as Minnesota’s Third Judicial District Judge on June 28. Councilor Ken Jacobson commented that the city is loosing a prosecuting attorney that has done an excellent job for us.

A discussion followed about soliciting and interviewing for a new prosecuting attorney for the city. City Attorney Fred Suhler made it clear that he represented the city only in civil matters and was a public defender; therefore, he was not interested in being the prosecuting attorney.

*The council granted the authority to purchase a computer server to replace the city’s current primary server which is due to be replaced. The cost for the server which will replace two existing servers at the State Contract price is $9,708.78 and installation by Marco will cost $4,295.00 for a total cost of $14,003.78.

*Tony Lammers, superintendent of city services, discussed the proposals for re-roofing city hall. He explained that the skylight proposals were not acceptable. He said the skylights will be under their own warranty. For now there was no action on accepting a bid.

The low bid by John Baker Concrete in the amount of $39,892 for sidewalk work was approved for sidewalk improvements. The work will include the diagonal walk in City Park, sidewalk work around the trees removed in the downtown area, sidewalk near Lakewood Apartments and sidewalk on the south side of Potter Auditorium.

*The Public Works Committee has been discussing requests to have some streets in West Chatfield blacktopped. Other discussion included possible grant funding to extend water to the new industrial park and engineering firms that are interested in doing engineering work for the city.

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