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Chatfield approves parcel split


Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner

Kyle and Karla Bucknell requested a split of the Ferguson parcel on Hill Street at the Chatfield City Council’s August 26 meeting. The couple is looking to buy a 3.43 acre portion of the property that lies on the eastern side of Hill Street.

Mr. Bucknell explained they were both self employed and would like eventually to run a business from the property. He said they would level two and one half acres and would like to park his skid loader and dump truck on the property. Bucknell stated they plan to build a shop and house within three to five years. City clerk Joel Young noted it is zoned rural residential which allows for agricultural uses, adding it would be up to the Planning Commission to deal with whether or not a business would be allowed.

Bucknell was concerned about the maintenance of the street in the winter as Mrs. Bucknell runs a day care. He was interested in the possibility of developing the nearly 40 acres on the other side of the road. After some detail about the couple’s plans, city attorney Fred Suhler suggested they were getting off track. He said the city was not in the position to speculate about other issues down the road. He said the proposed parcel size of 3.43 acres meets the minimum requirement for lot sizes.

Young said he had been presented with someone’s plan to develop 40 or so acres a few days before speaking with Bucknell. He agreed the only question before this body is the split, noting we will do what we can to help them through other steps in the process. The split was approved.

Councilor Robert Pederson stated that it was great that people were interested in moving to Chatfield, Minn. and bringing in business.

Other Business In Brief

•The council approved the use of city streets for the First Annual Gopher Dash fundraiser featuring a 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Run/Walk. Allison Allen represents a group who want to sponsor a family based activity to raise money to support the Action 100 Reading Program and other educational activities. The event is scheduled this year for Saturday, October 12 at 3 p.m. beginning and ending at the high school. Intersections will be closed periodically during the race. Volunteers will be needed to help direct traffic. Tony Lammers said they will put some barriers up to prevent people from going to the parking lot behind the school.

•Mayor Russ Smith reported that he and other officials had went on a day trip and attended a rededication of the cemetery at Fort Ridgely. He said it was interesting to be reeducated on what happened back then and was honored to represent Chatfield. Young said Fillmore County boys were commemorated, especially Chatfield boys. Fort Ridgely is located near Fairfax, Minnesota. It is the site of the Minnesota-Dakota War of 1862.

•Young announced that they had just received new information about state mandated levy limits, adding that the city’s proposal was less than what the levy limit is.

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