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Chatfield responds to complaints of vehicle noise

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner

Several Chatfield residents have complained about the loud noises created by large trucks as they enter the city from the south. At the city council’s September 23 meeting the council approved the placement of signs which declare “Vehicle Noise Laws Enforced.”

A request will be submitted to MnDOT to install the signs along Highway 52 at the north and south ends of the city, along Highway 30 at the west end of the city, and along Highway 74 at the east end of the city. A resolution was adopted that states that the city will enforce Minnesota Statute 169.69 (Muffler) and Minnesota Statute 169.693 (Motor Vehicle Noise Limits).

The total cost of the four signs is $813. The city pays for each sign when it is first installed and MnDOT replaces any sign that is damaged.

Police Software

Approval was given to purchase the same law enforcement software that is being installed in Fillmore County. Police Chief Shane Fox explained that the software is LETG which is out of the Twin Cities. LETG software is being used by 200 law enforcement departments and 30 counties in the state. Fox said the software will give the department an office and mobile component allowing information to be received in squad cars, which should improve efficiency of officers.

Communication and the sharing of information between departments will be improved. The new, upgraded software will cost approximately $29,000. The software the city currently has was budgeted to be replaced this year. Fox said they have had that software for 10 years and have never been happy with it.

Sewer Line Repairs

Darryl Haner, wastewater treatment plant superintendent, explained that of the 12 fixes scheduled for 2013, five have been completed. The remaining repairs on the priority list went out for bid to five companies. The lowest bid that bid all the work was offered by Visu-Sewer for $33,516.25.

Haner noted that it had originally been estimated that all the work for the 12 repairs would cost about $100,000. It looks like the work can be completed for about 60 percent of that.

The Visu-Sewer bid was accepted. Haner said the sewer line repair process makes the pipes as durable as PVC and could last 50 to 75 years. The work on the last of the 12 repairs will likely wait until after the first of the year until the ground is frozen.

Other Business In Brief

•Councilor Robert Pederson reporting for the Public Services Committee said they discussed the city’s limit on dogs and cats allowed per household. It was suggested the issue go to Planning and Zoning. Mayor Russ Smith said the city may be too restrictive.

Pederson said a group may be put together to consider changes that could be made to the 21 year-old Western Days float.

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