Council gives approval to move forward with disc golf course
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 2:32 AM
The Chatfield City Council has given a green light to a new disc-golf course to be located along Mill Creek.
At Tuesday's regular meeting, the council approved developing the nine-hole course, which will be constructed in the spring of 2013.
Project organizers Andy Friederich and Brian Lee addressed the council regarding their proposed plan for the course, which was designed by an independent consultant who specializes in disc-golf course design.
"We plan to raise money this winter via grants from various foundations and associations. We also plan to visit local business owners to try to get sponsorships. If we have enough to cover it, great. Otherwise we'll also visit with private individuals regarding funding," said Friederich.
According to city clerk Joel Young, the Chatfield Park and Recreation Committee met with Andy, Hank and Harvey Friedrich and Lee to look at their proposal.
"After walking the course, the committee suggested some alterations in an attempt to minimize conflicts between the disc activity and other activities, such as the trail and the horse arena," said Young in a document supplied to the council.
"The committee (Park and Recreation) recommends approval of the plan," he added.
Mayor Don Hainlen said during the tour of the course, the group moved some of the tee boxes because the path of the course would have crossed the walkways several times.
"We were thinking about safety factors," said Hainlen.
Councilmember Ken Jacobson said in the proposed layout there is just one place where the course crosses the walking path and there is line-of-sight for pedestrians.
"We tried to implement common sense with it (the plan)," said Friederich.
Friederich said the planned course should cost around $10,000, a little more than $1,000 per hole.
"That includes baskets, launching pads, signage, brush clearing, the construction of a small bridge over the water way ... It will be some work," he said.
When asked about signage for the course, Friederich said they hope to keep it "simple," but said the signs could be more elaborate based on who funds the project.
"If we get sponsorships, we may want nice, metal signs which include the businesses. A lot will be dictated by money," he said.
Young added, "You will want to work with the committee on signage."
Equipment for sale
In other matters, the council approved a new method of disposing of used vehicles and equipment owned by the city.
Items will now be listed on publicsurplus.com.
Superintendent of City Services Tony Lammers noted the city recently sold a 1995 dump truck, which might have sold locally for around $3,800.
"We put it on that site and got $13,950. That website made a world of difference," said Lammers.
The council also discussed the need for an additional meeting regarding the sale of property located in Outlot B, in the Fingerson-Donahoe Subdivision.
Late last month, Young sent a letter to the Outlot B property owners explaining the city had reconsidered the amount of property it plans to sell. The city has decided to sell only the areas requiring regular maintenance (mowing) and none of the wooded property, as originally planned.
The conversation centered around what would happen if not all of the property owners decided to buy the parcels from the city, and how the city would access any unsold property to maintain it.
Council Member Paul Novotny said he thought they needed to sell all of the property.
"It kind of seems like there needs to be no land left in there. I just don't feel right selling three pieces and having one left with no way for us to get it," said Novotny.
"We have to be able to maintain access, which could honestly impact the sale of the parcel," said Hainlen.
Councilmember Ken Jacobson said he thinks it's important to come to a consensus with the neighborhood.
"We can't just sell one and skip one and sell one," said Jacobson.
"I would still like to have one more powwow," added Councilmember Russ Smith.
Young agreed to send out inquiries to the neighbors regarding scheduling another meeting to discuss the matter.
There were no public or written comments during a public hearing on delinquent utilities.
Early last month, residents with outstanding balances were sent a letter notifying them of Tuesday's public hearing and explaining that any unpaid balances would be assessed by the county auditor to their 2013 property taxes. They will also be assessed a 10-percent administrative fee and a $25 filing fee.
There are 67 Chatfield residents with outstanding balances who will be assessed a total of $35,165.
In other matters, Lammers announced the city of Chatfield has received the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2011 Water Fluoridation Quality Award from the Minnesota Department of Health Oral Health Program and Drinking Water Protection Section.
The award recognizes those water systems that adjust the fluoride concentration in drinking water and achieve a monthly average fluoride level that is in the optimal range for 12 months of the calendar year.
"Every year, the state of Minnesota gives out awards. Brian (Burkholder) does an excellent job. It's the second year in a row we've received this," said Lammers.
The council also reviewed a proposal for engineering consulting for the city's infrastructure improvement program from Dave Morrill of McGhie and Betts, Inc., of Rochester.
The proposal covers consulting regarding street and utility repairs, and was divided into four categories, for a total of $12,800.
Actual fees will be charged in accordance with McGhie and Betts' actual schedule of hourly rates.
In a special meeting prior to the regular council meeting, the council canvassed the recent election.
Mayor Don Hainlen was elected to a second term after receiving 770 votes, while challenger John McBroom received 539.
City council incumbents Ken Jacobson and Dave Frank were reelected, with votes of 1,014 and 726, respectively, while Robert Peterson received 801 votes. Peterson will replace Josh Thompson, who did not run for another term.
"Mary Peterson and the group of election judges did an outstanding job," said Young.
Voter turnout was around 40 percent, which Young said was "good."