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Mutton busting during Chatfield Western Days

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Chatfield was one of three cities to receive an award for source drinking water protection efforts from the Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Rural Water Association. Photo by Karen Reisner

Dean Hilsman, President of the Chatfield Lions Club, asked the city council at their May 12 meeting for permission to sponsor a Mutton Busting event on the evening of Thursday, August 7 at Mill Creek Park.

The family orientated event will entertain with children of about 5 to 7 years old (70 pounds or less) making an attempt to ride a sheep for several seconds. Free will donations will be accepted during the event and hog raffle tickets will be sold.

Water Award

Chatfield, along with the cities of Paynesville and Glenwood, received an award for source drinking water protection efforts from the Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Rural Water Association. The award was accepted at the state capitol during Safe Drinking Water Week, May 4-10. This year is the 40th anniversary of the federal Safe Water Act.

Water superintendent Brian Burkholder said Chatfield was nominated because of its wellhead protection program.

Other Business In Brief

•Councilors approved a $200 increase in the retirement benefit as requested by the Fire Relief Association. President Rick Bell said there had not been an increase since 2008. The increase will raise the retirement benefit to $1,500 per year. The association will still have ample reserve funds after the benefit increase.

The benefit in 1986 was $500. If the increases had been made annually, the yearly increase would equate to 3.38 percent.

•There will be a trail run on the Lost Creek Hiking Trail on May 17. Pre-registration fee is $20 and day-of fee is $25. Funds will be used directly for trail improvements. The race will start at 9 a.m. at the starting line on Ninebark Road. A bus will leave Groen Park in Chatfield at 8:45 a.m. to take runners to the starting line. The trail covers 6.3 miles.

•Sue Kester detailed equipment needs and wants for EMS. She said a drill showed them they didn’t have enough radios. A motion to purchase four portable radios was approved. Kester noted Fillmore County has provided one AED which will be located in the Thurber Building. She is working to get grant funding for replacement defibrillators.

Because of the larger size of some patients an expandable patient surface (XPS) has been developed for Stryker cots. The larger cot area is for the safety and comfort of the patients. A motion to purchase two XPS at a cost of $1,411 each was approved.

•A resolution was adopted calling for a public hearing on June 23 on the modification of Municipal Development District number 3.

•The first consideration for each of two ordinances necessary to consolidate properties for the Twiford development area were approved. Ordinance 410 will vacate part of Division Street. Ordinance 411 will vacate part of an alley.

•Tony Lammers requested approval to purchase a 10 foot mower deck for the trackless. He explained the current deck needs $1,600 just in parts. A used deck that is in very good condition can be purchased for $2550. The purchase of the newer mower deck was approved.

•City Clerk Joel Young said the 2014 spring clean-up will cost the city $12,057.78. That is a higher cost than most years. There was a 14 ton increase over last year. Payment for the clean-up was approved.

•Mayor Russ Smith read a proclamation declaring May 2014 as Preservation Month.

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