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Chatfield hears plans to host the Relay for Life

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Deb Jorgenson addressed councilors at their June 9 meeting about a proposal to host the Fillmore County Relay for Life in 2015 and 2016. Councilor Robert Pederson was absent.

Jorgenson and Wendy Kirchner have been working on plans to host the event. The walk for cancer is proposed to be held in City Park and on the Chatfield Center for the Arts grounds.

In 2013 Fillmore County surpassed its goal of raising $125,000; raising a total of $128,939.77. It was the seventh highest dollar amount raised per capita in the United States. It is estimated that early on there may be about 700 or more walkers. Camping spaces for tents and some campers are to be located in and around the park for the overnight event.

The proposal has been discussed in the Park and Recreation Committee and they recommended approval. The city council gave their approval which will involve things like the use of City Park, the closing of some streets, the allowance of luminaries, and some cover by police.

2014 Reconstruction Project

•Dillon Dombrovski, WSB and Associates, informed the council that two bids had been received for the 2014 Street and Utility Reconstruction project. He recommended the low bidder, Zenke Inc., La Crescent, in the amount of $1,609,174. The bid was lower than the engineer’s estimate which was $1,654,782.

Because one easement from a property owner was not yet in place, the council decided to wait to award the bid until after the easement had been secured. There will probably be a special meeting of the council to award the bid once the easement is in place.

Dombrovski said when construction begins there will be two crews in town to work on the four project areas.

City Clerk Joel Young noted that Mike Bubany, David Drown and Associates, has updated his financial worksheets with the bid amount. Permits have been issued for six homes this year. The city’s tax capacity is expected to increase by 2 percent per year.

Young suggested that the property tax rate will remain flat with the 2 percent growth, unless there is an unexpected increase in some budget item. However, sanitary sewer rates are expected to increase 3 percent each year and water rates will have to increase 4.5 percent each year.

The budget for overlaying streets will be cut in half or less for several years.

Other Business In Brief

•Approval was given to redefine two parcels located at 708 Grand Street as requested by Linus Hammell. A public hearing had been held on June 2 at Planning and Zoning with no comments from the neighbors. Commissioners recommended approving the request. Kristi Clarke explained the change makes for a more buildable lot. One lot now has a home and garage on it. Both lots will face Grand Street.

•The Preliminary Plat for the Twiford Street Redevelopment First Subdivision was approved as recommended by P and Z. There were no questions or concerns raised at the public hearing held by P and Z on June 2. The result is two buildable commercial lots with no accesses to Highway 52. One lot will have two accesses on Twiford Street and the second lot will continue to access Grove Street.

•The city council held a public hearing with no comments from the public on the Final Plat for the Twiford Street Redevelopment First Subdivision. MnDOT commented that it was acceptable and Olmsted County Public Works had no comment. The Final Plat was approved.

•The second consideration and publication of Ordinance #412, Franchise Agreement with Alliant Energy, were each approved.

•Tony Lammers recommended the hire of Caleb Stavlund for a summer helper and the hire of Matt Manahan for part time help through October. Both hires were approved.

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