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Memorial proposed for Chatfield Veterans

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

The local American Legion has proposed erecting a memorial to recognize all veterans of Chatfield, living and deceased to be located in City Park. Jerry Baudoin, representing the American Legion, discussed some of the issues that have to be worked out with the city council at their November 12 meeting.

The preference is to include all Chatfield veterans back to1812. This would require a larger monument than originally planned. The intention was to erect the monument in City Park in front of the flag between the existing stone and the cannon.

If the size of the memorial was increased, the Legion felt it would be necessary to move the flagpole and possibly the existing war memorial to create a larger area for the proposed memorial.

The council generally supported the concept of the new memorial. However, Councilor Ken Jacobson suggested they determine the number of names and the space needed. Councilor Dave Frank questioned how they were going to determine which veterans were Chatfield veterans. Is the determination of who qualifies as a Chatfield veteran based on where they were born, where they live now, where they lived when they went into service, and so on? Councilor Paul Novotny believes there should be additional space for future veterans as well. He said they should also consider anything else that someone may want to have located in the park.

The proposal will go back to the Park and Recreation committee to firm up the plans and will be brought back to the council for their consideration. The flag pole and war memorial were installed by a joint effort of the American Legion Club and the VFW Club. Both are to be consulted to get their opinions on the new monument proposal.

Other Business In Brief

•EDA Coordinator Chris Giesen explained that the development agreement has been drafted to the council’s pre-approved terms. On October 14 the council approved granting business subsidies to EZ Fabricating, Inc. for its planned expansion.

A resolution was adopted to approve the development agreement between the city and EZ Fabricating and to execute the agreement.

•The EDA now owns 105 Main N and 129 Main N. The intention is to bring in commercial development and improve public infrastructure at the site. A purchase agreement for a portion of this site is currently being negotiated with a national retail variety store.

The city currently has title to two parcels with a garage structure located on Twiford Street NW. A resolution was adopted which will convey these parcels in the Twiford Redevelopment Project Area to the EDA.

•A public hearing was held for the authorization to collect delinquent utility (water, sewer, and garbage) accounts with property taxes payable in 2014. There was no comment from the public. City Clerk Joel Young explained this is done on an annual basis. All account holders on the list had been notified by letter. A resolution was adopted authorizing the collection of the delinquent accounts with property taxes for the next year.

•Mayor Russ Smith announced that Safety Coordinator Susan Kester had received a letter of congratulations upon receiving the Governor’s Award in occupational safety. The award is in recognition of a comprehensive safety program for city employees.

•Authorization was approved for the city attorney to draft a new fee ordinance which is typically done on an annual basis.

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