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Chatfield plans for Family Dollar store

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the February 10 Chatfield City Council meeting a resolution was adopted allowing the Chatfield EDA to enter into a purchase agreement to sell land for the future location of a Family Dollar store.

The 0.85 acres is in the Twiford Redevelopment Area located between Highway 52 and Twiford Street, bordering the southwest corner of Division Street. EDA Coordinator Chris Giesen explained that the property will be purchased by SMR Acquisitions Company, LLC for $210,000 contingent on a development agreement between the city and the buyer.

The EDA held a public hearing on the sale on January 30. No comments were made by the public. The EDA had recommended the city council approve the purchase agreement to promote economic development in the city. The buyer will be responsible for demolition and site preparation.

In a related matter the council authorized Chatfield’s city attorney, Fred Suhler, to draft an ordinance to vacate right-of-way needed for the proposed redevelopment of the Twiford area and to consolidate those properties. Utilities that cross the property will need to be relocated to Twiford Street. The alley way that runs across the property and some of the Division Street right-of-way have to be vacated.

Giesen also asked that the city council authorize the use of $38,500 of the Rochester Sales Tax funds for St. Albans Place improvements as recommended by the EDA. This money is intended for economic development projects. EZ Fabricating in their new home will add to the city’s tax base and provide additional employment opportunities. The funds will be used to pay for water and sanitary sewer access fees on behalf of EZ Fabricating. Giesen suggested the project will produce about 20 jobs. The council authorized the use of a portion of the sales tax funds.

Other business in brief

•The owner of the property at 339 Hawley Street signed a Petition and Waiver document that allows the property to be cleaned up by the city. The cost of the clean-up will be assessed to the property for collection with property taxes over the next 10 years. The Petition and Waiver agreement was accepted.

•The purchase of software and a computer upgrade for the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) was approved. The three computers are 8-9 years old and past their life expectancy. There was only one bid from Automatic Systems Company. The upgrade of the three computers, laptop, and software will cost $32,458 plus tax. An additional runtime upgrade will cost $1,255, which will allow for a future upgrade without buying all new software. Two other companies were contacted, but they didn’t respond.

•The resignation of Tyler Burke, public works, was accepted effective February 14. Authorization was given to start the hiring process to replace him. The new employee will be expected to spend about 40 percent of work time at the WWTP.

•The resignation of police officer Aaron Miliander was accepted effective February 6. He had been with the Chatfield police for seven years. Miliander was a use of force instructor, Taser instructor, and D.A.R.E. instructor. Chief Shane Fox would like to fill Miliander’s full time position with one of the city’s current part time officers. The internal posting was approved.

•The annual report prepared by Kristi Clarke for the Planning and Zoning Commission was reviewed by City Clerk Joel Young. There were seven commercial additions or remodels and 25 residential additions and remodels in 2013. Seven new constructions during 2013 include one commercial and six residential. The total value of all residential construction is $1,670,500 and the total value of all commercial construction is $1,187,773.

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