At the November 13 meeting of the Chatfield City Council, Steve Schlichter and Brian Burkholder were credited for their good work for the city.
Burkholder, Public Works director, explained Schlichter received the Southeast Class B Wastewater Operators Award at the 2023 Minnesota Wastewater Operators Association (MWOA) annual conference. There are six districts in the state. Steve Bushman nominated Schlichter for the award in the southeast district.
Schlichter is superintendent of the wastewater treatment facility and is responsible for daily operation and maintenance. Bushman operated the facility as an interim operator beginning in the summer of 2019. In the fall of 2019, Schlichter was hired as the wastewater facility operator.
Schlichter has saved the city money by conserving energy and water in the facility. In 2022 the facility used 88% less water and 36% less electricity than it did in 2018. Burkholder said Schlichter was recognized “for a job well done.”
Mayor John McBroom then came forward with an MWOA award giving special recognition to Burkholder, acknowledging his work for the city.
Other Business in Brief
• Pay application #4 in the amount of $400,480.20 to Griffin Construction for work completed on Grand St. SE and Hawley St. SE was approved. The work included installation of storm sewers, sanitary sewer, water mains, and the first lift of bituminous pavement.
• A resolution was adopted approving an agreement between the DNR and the city for the Trails Assistance Program Maintenance Project. The city is the sponsor of the ATV Trail and has worked with the ATV Club to maintain the trail for several years.
• A resolution was adopted authorizing the transfer of funds and to close certain obsolete accounting funds.
• A report covering historic preservation activities in the city between October 1, 2022, and September 30, 2023, was approved. The National Register of Historic Places in Chatfield includes the Chatfield Public Library, the Samuel T. Dickson house, the George H. Haven house and annex (The Oaks), the Ellen M. Lowell house (Oakenwald Terrace), and the Milo White house (Hazelwood).
• A contract with Zachary Shoupe for services as Cable Television Seasonal Event Coordinator plus city council and school board meetings was approved. Compensation for the period between November 1, 2023, and October 1, 2024, totals $1,612.
• A subscription for software developed by ConfiTrek Inc. for police officer training was approved at a cost of $480 a year ($8 per month for a full-time officer).
• A contract between the city and LRS of Minnesota, LLC for a period of three years for collection of garbage, rubbish, refuse, or solid waste for commercial and industrial properties was approved.
• For the city’s Property and Casualty insurance renewal for 2024, the city does not waive the monetary limits on municipal tort liability established by Minnesota Statutes 466.04.
• City Administrator Michele Peterson noted she was working on developing a formal nuisance complaint process, so all will get fair treatment.
• The city council meets next on November 27.