Brief City Council meeting includes discussion on waterway improvements

Gretchen Mensink Lovejoy

Chatfield’s City Council sped through its second meeting of 2020 last Monday, Jan. 27.   

City maintenance supervisor Brian Burkholder presented information on improvements to a waterway on Union Street that was affected by last year’s late June flooding and now needs repairs that may be completed in part through funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  He reported that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) policy requires that work be completed by April 15 and that there is a walking bridge on private property that must be moved and put back in place, so an agreement is in the works to have a local contractor do the work.  The costs may range from $3,500 to $13,000.

The Public Services Committee didn’t meet this past week, but the Park and Recreation Committee spent most of its time discussing various matters, noted Councilor Josh Broadwater, who cited that the local youth activities association would like to have improvements made at the Mill Creek ballpark and that the city plans to work with the association.  He also noted that proposals have been made for a dog park and that the city would like to contribute its insight and guidance on the formation of such a place. 

“We talked about replacing the wide-area mower and whether we could wait another year or not,” he added, remarking that the committee feels that waiting another year could be problematic. 

The committee also dealt with work to hire a new pool manager this season and to consider new park playground equipment for Lonestone Park, as the equipment at that park is worn out.

Mayor Russ Smith reminded residents to remove their vehicles from the street if the forecast has snow.  “The last couple of snows, people did a good job of moving vehicles off the road, and if we do get snow, watch for it on KTTC or the city alert notifications so you can get your cars off the streets,” he said.

The consent agenda included approving the minutes of prior meetings, paying claims, appointing election judges, granting a one-step pay increase to Nancy Timm and approving the revised request for the extension of the Chatfield Center for the Arts’ (CCA) liquor license for this past Saturday, Feb. 1. 

Lastly, Councilor Pam Bluhm invited the community to take part in Chill Fest, Chatfield’s winter celebration, which took place over the weekend and included the outdoor event at the CCA.