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Help Our Neighbors/tourism center


Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the July 14 Chatfield City Council meeting a proposal from Help Our Neighbors (HON) to share space at the Tourism Center was approved. This non-profit organization was established in 2012 to help senior citizens stay in their homes.

HON will share the cost of utilities and pay for Internet access at the tourism center. A person from HON will be at the tourism center Monday through Thursday, allowing for time away for HON activities. HON, a non-denominational service started by four churches, currently has an office at Chatfield Lutheran Church.

The Park and Recreation Committee recommended approval. The two services are expected to complement each other. The city will provide a desk for HON at the center and allow a sign recognizing the group to be erected visible from the street.

Issuance of 2014 Street Improvement Bonds

Mike Bubany, David Drown and Associates, asked if everything was ready to go. He was referring to the decision to wait for the issuance of the bonds at the June 23 meeting because all necessary easements at the Twiford Street area had not yet been signed. Bubany had advised the council to wait until they were sure of the amount of the bonds to be issued. The bid from Zenke, Inc. for all of the street projects (Branch and Twiford Streets, St. Albans Place, and the west Chatfield area) was accepted at the June 23 meeting. City clerk Joel Young said everything was now ready to go.

Bubany recommended a $1.725 million bond issue for the projects. The total project costs are expected to be $1.990 million with another $61,000 for bond related costs. State grants will make up the difference between the total costs and the bond amount. The net interest cost on the ten year bond is estimated to be 2.4 percent.

A resolution was adopted for the competitive negotiated sale of the bonds.

Other Business In Brief

•The appointments of Cole McKean and John Reed as volunteer firefighters were approved. There had been eight applications to fill the two vacant positions.

•A request from Curt and Peggy Sorenson to convey or redefine their property located at 214 and 216 Union Street (a townhome) was approved. The conveyance will result in two single family dwelling uses, which will conform to the R-1 zone. The properties can now be sold individually or can continue as one owner properties with two rental units. Kristi Clarke had recommended approval of the request.

•A bid from William Hanson in the amount of $8,200 to clean up the property at 339 Hawley Street was approved. Councilor Dave Frank voted against. Young had noted that two proposals had been submitted, but one was submitted after the posted closing time and therefore, it was not opened.

•The purchase of two new squad car video systems was approved at a cost of $4,820 each as requested by Police Chief Shane Fox. The current systems are about 7 years old and are no longer supported. The new systems will be purchased from Watch Guard and will be an upgrade.

•A donation towards the Center for the Arts was noted in the amount of $250 from Meridian Lodge #25. Two donations were received for Western Days (a $100 donation from Meridian Lodge #25 and a matching grant in the amount of $100 from Minnesota Masonic Charities).

•Filing dates for candidacy for two councilor positions (four year term) and the mayor position (two year term) were noted (between July 29 and August 12).

•Renewal of membership dues in the amount of $2,900 was approved to Rochester Area Economic Development, Inc. (RAEDI).

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