Chatfield city councilors John McBroom and Pam Bluhm and deputy city clerk Beth Carlson listen during the most recent November City Council meeting. Discussions centered on whether to proceed with site work for the new swimming pool.
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Chatfield city councilors John McBroom and Pam Bluhm and deputy city clerk Beth Carlson listen during the most recent November City Council meeting. Discussions centered on whether to proceed with site work for the new swimming pool. GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/CHATFIELD NEWS

Chatfield’s City Council cruised through its Nov. 27 meeting in a matter of under 20 minutes.

The proposal for site work to be done at the plot designated as the future home of Chatfield’s municipal swimming pool was the most prominent item on the agenda. The councilors had spent approximately an hour before the city council meeting discussing the matter during a Committee of the Whole meeting.

City Clerk Joel Young reported the cost of doing the soil work was estimated at $13,000 by Burbach Aquatics, the consulting firm the city has used to guide the pool replacement project from basic conversations about whether to renovate the current swimming pool or to build a new one.

The work must be done before the ground freezes completely so the contractor can explore the site, in order for the city to get a head start on designing the new pool with Burbach. The councilors voted in favor of the expenditure, along with another that secures a lease agreement between the city and the school district for the plot on which the new pool is to be built.

Public Works Department

City Maintenance Supervisor Brian Burkholder updated the council on the completion of work on Industrial Drive, citing that the original deadline was Nov. 17 and that substantial completion should have been reached by Dec. 1.

He also pointed out that the city crew spent last Monday afternoon hanging the new Christmas decorations on the downtown light posts and he felt that they look festive and welcoming.

McBroom agreed with Burkholder that the new decorations are nice to see.

Reports

Councilor John McBroom had news on the public services committee’s actions, relating the committee reviewed with Chatfield’s fire chief, Ryan Priebe, the number of fire calls the department answered last year and the need for a new tanker truck.

“There were 50 calls for the fire department last year, and there’s a new firefighter on the department, too,” he stated.

The councilors then appointed Wayne Halverson as the city’s new planning and zoning commission member — Halverson will finish another member’s term that is set to end on Jan. 1, 2020.

Mayor Russ Smith’s report included voicing appreciation for Chatfield business owner Kevin Carr’s appearance at the annual economic development authority (EDA) gala on Nov. 21.

He also recognized F. Mike Tuohy for his receipt of a lifetime achievement award from a Rochester EDA entity.

Smith also expressed gratitude to Chatfield’s local and regional legislators for joining the city council and administration for the annual legislative forum held to round up issues and concerns for the legislators.

Lastly, Young asked for a vote on designating the city’s official polling place as the Thurber Building — also the town’s city hall — and the councilors obliged.