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Wastewater plant in Fountain soon to begin operation


Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Government

The final details were worked out at the December 3 Fountain City Council meeting in preparation to get the wastewater treatment plant up and running. McGhie and Betts engineer Dave Morrill says the plant is tentatively scheduled to be put into operation on December 15.

The building is complete, but there is still more mechanical and electrical work to do plus work on the tank for storage of the sludge. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) will inspect the plant on December 9.

Chatfield has agreed to work with Fountain and share their licensed plant operator Darryl Haner, who is a class A operator. The Fountain plant permit requires at least a class B licensed operator. Chatfield recently adopted a resolution that sets the pay rate for the operator at $36 per hour for the coming year. Morrill estimated the operator services will be needed about 550 hours per year. He expects the Chatfield operator to do a walk through on Tuesday and get the required samples sent out for testing on Thursday.

The council adopted a resolution accepting the plant operator contractual agreement for $36 per hour. An agreement between the two cities will go to the League of Minnesota Cities for review. The agreement must be presented to the MPCA before the plant can go into operation.

The city of Fountain will need one or two part-time employees with mechanical abilities to be trained to fill in on weekends, some holidays and for vacations. Councilman Jim Schott volunteered to work part time in this capacity. The council approved the hire of Jim Schott as a parttime sewer employee to work at $20 per hour. Schott abstained from these votes. The expectation is that the work would be about two hours per day. Herman Freese, Public Works, and Schott will work out a schedule so there will be someone to cover the weekends, holidays and vacation schedule.

A payment of $170,865.18 was approved to Olympic Builders, the contractor.

Public Hearing

As required by state statute, the city council opened a public hearing for the proposed 2010 budget and levy. No one was present from the public and there was no comment. The council approved the final budget of $229,705.27 and the tax levy of $125,895.27 payable in 2010.

City of Rushford Village council meeting

Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Government

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Gordon Johnson. Council members present: Dale Schwanke, Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, and Elizabeth Atkinson. Also present: Zoning Administrator Howard Otis, Attorney Thomas Manion, and Clerk Joy ..... 
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2010 budget and levy hearing

Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Government

The county board held a public hearing on the Fillmore County 2010 proposed budget and levy as required by state statute on December 1. County Coordinator Karen Brown noted the Minnesota legislature's requirement for a Truth in Taxation Hearing as a ..... 
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CUPs approved for EcoHarmony west wind and Scheevel feedlot

Fri, Nov 27th, 2009
Posted in Government

Another hurdle was crossed with the recommended approval of two Conditional Use Permits (CUP) for EcoHarmony West Wind, LLC, at the November 19 meeting of the Fillmore County Planning Commission.

Project Manager Don Miller, who has an office ..... 
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Spring Valley renews Mutual Aid Agreement

Fri, Nov 27th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council meeting on Monday night was pretty low keyed and dealt mainly with housekeeping issues.

A Mutual Aid Agreement was renewed between the city and Gold Cross Ambulance. The agreement includes Gold Cross Ambulance ..... 
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Chatfield offers services of wastewater operator to Fountain

Fri, Nov 27th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Chatfield City Council adopted a resolution offering operator services at the Fountain Wastewater Treatment Plant at their November 23 meeting. City Clerk Joel Young said they have been working with the city of Fountain for several months to det ..... 
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State officials provide details on veteran cemetery proposal

Fri, Nov 27th, 2009
Posted in Government



Deputy Commissioner Minnesota Veteran Affairs Michael Pugliese and David Swantek, Minnesota Veteran Affairs, Little Falls Cemetery, presented information and answered questions at the November 24 board meeting. State Senator Sharon Erickson- ..... 
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Rushford city council concludes with surprise resolution proposal

Fri, Nov 27th, 2009
Posted in Government

With another nearly-packed room, the council nailed down several agenda items at the Monday, November 23rd, meeting. However, an impromptu proposal that was put forth shortly before adjournment, garnered puzzled looks and whispers from the audience, ..... 
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Lanesboro approves final Outdoor and Refuse Burning Ordinance

Fri, Nov 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council spent some time looking over the 2010 budget during their meeting on November 16. The final budget will have to be approved in December.

City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman said Lanesboro's tax capacity went up fiv ..... 
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