City handles several housekeeping
issues during last council meeting of 2012
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 4:26 AM
Chatfield's City Council held its Monday, Dec. 10, meeting as the final council meeting of 2012, granting raises to city employees who had earned them and approving the winter snow removal resolution for Highway 52.
Chatfield Police Chief Shane Fox, officers Aaron Miliander, Grace McCallum, Scott Keigley, and employees Leslie Davila and Pat O'Neill were given step raises as noted in the agenda.
Also in the consent agenda were lawful gambling licenses for St. Paul Lutheran Church's bingo on Feb. 10, Sept. 15 and Nov. 10, 2013, and St. Mary's Catholic Church's bingo and raffles on Jan. 26, Feb. 10, Aug. 10 and Nov. 17.
The council also approved the annual snow removal resolution with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDoT), which addresses removal from the highway between the north and south city limits and the west and east edge of the highway to Highway 74.
A health resource fair hosted by Chatfield's Help Our Neighbors and Olmsted Medical Center on Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will include the city's information on walking trails and summer recreation programs, as well as any other beneficial information related to living in Chatfield.
Additionally, this year's Chillfest Polar Plunge will be co-sponsored by the city of Chatfield, as for the first time, it will be a fundraiser for St. Jude's Medical Center. The council passed a motion to approve sponsorship and to obtain proper insurance for the event.
Candi Hare was appointed to the economic development authority (EDA) until Jan. 31, 2017, Jerry Barry to the planning and zoning commission and Rita Charlton to the heritage preservation commission until Jan. 31, 2013.
The councilmen also approved the updated Ordinance 406, regarding raising water and sewer fees. The water and sewer rates will rise approximately 3 to 6 percent, and non-metered homes' water and sewer rates will rise 1 percent, based on 3,500 gallons instead of 4,000 gallons. The matter had been presented at the November meeting with approval of the final draft of the ordinance last week.
The public works committee discussed snow removal and tabled that discussion, recognizing that the city lacks manpower to handle certain snow removal situations. Furthermore, residents are reminded to park off the streets so that plowing may be done.
Finally, council members thanked councilor Josh Thompson for his service during his four-year term on the council.