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CUP for apartments in Chatfield general commercial district issued

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the Chatfield City Council’s March 10 meeting an application submitted by property owners Geoff and Monica Griffin to construct four apartments in their building located at 15 Third Street SE was approved. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent.

The B-1 (general commercial district) zoning encompasses commercial businesses or residential uses where fewer parking stalls are needed. A public hearing had been held on March 3 at a Planning and Zoning meeting. P & Z commissioners adopted the Findings of Fact and recommended the city council issue the Conditional Use Permit with five conditions attached.

Conditions include one parking stall per apartment (no parking in the alley), the installation of a sidewalk from existing sidewalk along Third Street to Unit 4, a landscape buffer on the northern edge of the property line, seasonal maintenance of the outside area, and an annual inspection of the building by the city for compliance.

Councilors unanimously adopted a resolution to issue the CUP and to allow the construction of the four residential apartments.

2013 Audit Accepted

Jason Boynton, Smith & Schafer and Associates, reviewed the 2013 audit report. A clean, unqualified opinion was issued. The city’s tax capacity decreased as a result of the state’s change to market value exclusion (from $1,539,619 in 2012 to $1,484,605 in 2013).

Local Government Aid provides 22 percent of the city’s governance revenue. The city’s unreserved general fund balance was at 56 percent in 2013. That is 56 percent of the next year’s general fund property tax levy. This is consistent with policy which is for the reserves to be between 40 and 60 percent.

Boynton commented that he has been impressed with the planning that happens in Chatfield. The audit report was accepted as presented.

A resolution was adopted to transfer money out of two obsolete funds, fund 315 or the 1997 Water Debt Service Fund and fund 329 or the 2008A Hillside Drive and Water Tower Debt Service Fund. The funds were closed and any remaining dollars were transferred to the Water Capital Improvement Fund and the 2012A Water Tower Debt Service Fund.

Other Business In Brief

•Timothy Melver was hired as full time Patrol Officer, effective March 11. Chief Shane Fox reported that Melver was selected from three part time officers that had been interviewed. City Clerk Joel Young administered the oath of office.

•A resolution receiving the preliminary report for the 2014 Street and Utility Improvements and calling a public hearing to be held on March 24, 7 p.m. at city hall was adopted. The estimated total cost of the 2014 improvements is $1,889,130. The proposed street and utility improvements in the report include improvements of the St. Albans Place area, Twiford Street reconstruction, Bench Street improvements, and the West Chatfield area improvements.

•On March 25 at 7 p.m. the Table Top Drill, an emergency preparedness drill for police, fire, and ambulance, will be held.

•Mayor Russ Smith reminded residents that they should continue to check the temperature of their water and if it is below 40 degrees they should continue to run a stream of water to prevent freeze ups.

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