An application for a conditional use permit submitted by Jamie and Robin Arthur was considered at the Chatfield City Council’s October 9 meeting. Councilor Mike Urban was absent.
A public hearing was held concerning this application at the October 2 Planning and Zoning meeting. The Planning Commision recommended that the CUP be approved to convert the space above the commercial business at 129 S Main St. (Jac’s Bar and Grill) to three one bedroom second floor apartments and one Air B&B unit.
Residential uses located above commercial establishments are listed as a conditional use in the B-1 district (General Commercial).
The CUP was approved with four listed conditions. One condition requires four, 9-foot by 18-foot, off-street parking stalls to be marked and located behind the building for occupants.
City Engineer Craig Britton requested approval for pay application number 3 in the amount of $371,345.77 from Griffin Construction for work completed in September on the 2023 Street Improvement Project. The project is on schedule and is about 59% completed.
Change order #1 was included in the payment. There was a decrease in payment due to the use of reclaimed asphalt materials in the amount of $2,979. Due to bedrock encountered in the area of Prospect Street SE and Winona Street SE there was an increased cost of $1,661.35. With the subtraction of the increase due to bedrock the actual savings with Change order # 1 is $1,317.65.
Other Business in Brief
•Chris Giesen, EDA, explained an application for an Enterprise Dr. construction rebate was submitted by Joshua Broadwater LLC for the property at 1572 Enterprise Dr. The taxable value of the land with a completed building will be $240,800 which qualifies it for a $15,000 construction rebate. The rebate with a certificate of occupancy was approved as recommended by the EDA. Councilor Broadwater abstained.
•An inventory of ash trees in Chatfield found them on 60 properties; there was a total of 86 infested trees (emerald ash borer) and five treated trees. The council approved a shade tree disease ordinance enforcement letter to be sent to residents noting the inspection and providing information for removal. Trees marked with an “X” have a positive diagnosis and are declared a public nuisance according to a Chatfield ordinance. Marked trees are to be removed within 30 days from the date printed on the notice.
•Steve Schlichter, Wastewater Treatment Facility superintendent, noted the LEL gas sensor is not working in the influent building which monitors air quality in the building. The cost quoted to replace the sensor is $2,380. Approval was granted to replace the sensor.
•Schlichter provided a quote to replace worn hoses and a part on the Vactor sewer cleaning truck during the Public Service committee report. No action was taken this day.
•A contract with Damon Lueck for his role as Chatfield Cable Television Technical Coordinator for one year ending on August 31, 2024, was approved.
•A resolution was adopted accepting a $15,000 donation from the Chatfield Fire Fighters Activities Association to be used for fire truck/equipment needs.
•Mayor John McBroom said there was an opening for an interested citizen to serve on the Heritage Preservation Commission.
•McBroom offered condolences to the Bernard family with the passing of Mike Bernard. Bernard Bus has been in Chatfield since 1947.
•City Administrator Michele Peterson reported that the Capital Improvement Plan is being reviewed.
•The city council meets next on October 23.