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Chickens in Dassel?
JAN. 26, 2015

Dassel resident requests the council look into an ordinance to allow the raising of chickens within city limits

By Kristen Miller
News Editor

DASSEL, MN – Should the city allow residents to raise chickens? According to a request by Dassel resident Joyce Trotter, it should.

Trotter presented a proposal to the Dassel City Council at its regular meeting Tuesday asking members to consider adopting an ordinance allowing for the raising of chickens within city limits.

Trotter suggested that the city allow Dassel residents to raise chickens, but require registration through the city. She also suggested limiting the quantity of chickens to the size of the lot, and require chickens to be housed in a chicken tractor or coop.

Trotter suggested there be restrictions on how owners choose to use the chickens, but that the city not allow roosters, due to noise.

Mayor Jeff Putnam suggested forming a committee to draft an ordinance with the help of Terri Boese, city clerk. Council Member Sharon Asplin volunteered to serve on the committee, along with Trotter.

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New deputy clerk hired

A new full-time deputy clerk was hired during Tuesday’s Dassel City Council meeting.

The council unanimously approved the recommendation from the personnel committee to hire Tracey Bergum at $17.50 an hour, which includes a six-month probationary period.

Bergum currently works at Crest in Dassel in accounts payable, and worked for the City of Bemidji from 2008 to 2014 as an accounting clerk and municipal liquor store manager.

Her first day of employment is set for Monday, Feb. 2.

Odds and ends

In other business, the council:

• approved the 2015 Dassel Fire Department officers: Dave Johnson, chief; Mike Enerson, assistant chief; Dale Grochow, captain; Brian Massingham, assistant captain; Andy Nelson, lieutenant; Jeff Putnam, training officer; Kurt Mortenson, safety officer; Ben Aho, secretary; and Brian Gillman, treasurer.

• received a visit from newly installed Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze, who gave the sheriff’s report during the meeting.

“I look forward to working with the people of Dassel,” Cruze said.

• was informed that the city’s Waste Management rates have increased by 3 percent.

• authorized the mayor to send a letter of recommendation on behalf of Boese as she seeks the position of president of the Minnesota Clerk and Finance Officers Association. Currently, Boese is the vice president.

• heard the year-end report for the municipal liquor store given by Marv Vetsch, manager.

Vetsch reported the year finished well, with the gross sales nearly even with last year. Growth sales for 2014 were $1,034,642, and sales in 2013 ended at $1,037,866.

• approved a variance request by Don MacKay for the Westview Terrace Mobile Home Park that lessens the required setback and required size of the lots.

A variance to the current ordinance, which was last revised in 1995, allows MacKay to utilize the remaining 18 lots.

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