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New city attorney in Fountain


Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Government

Scott Springer of Springer & Gumbel speaks to the council in hopes of his firm becoming Fountain’s new City Attorney, which the council later approved. Shown in photos are Scott Springer, John Hanson, and Chad Wangen. Photo by Barb Jeffers

“We would be more than happy to become your city attorneys,” expressed Scott Springer of Springer & Gumbel, P.A. as he spoke to the Fountain City Council at their meeting June 5, 2014. With former City Attorney Kelly Wagner leaving to work in the Rochester City Attorney’s office in Rochester, Minn., the City of Fountain was in need of a new city attorney.

At a later point in the meeting the council and Police Chief Mosher discussed the advantages of having Springer & Gumbel as the city attorney, citing their numerous attorneys and offices in Preston, Chatfield, and Spring Valley would make contacting them easier. After the discussion the council approved the hire of Springer & Gumbel as the new city attorney for the City of Fountain at a rate of $125/hr.

City Engineer Dave Morrill gave an update on the AT&T microwave dish to be installed on the water tower. Welding would be the preferred option for mounting the dish. The council will have the water tower power washed by Water Tower Clean & Coat, Inc. of Lodi, Wisconsin for a price of $2,200 before installation of the dish.

Dave Morrill discussed the changes to the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) agreement between the City of Fountain and Valley Design. The council discussed the changes and feel the agreement needs to be “fine-tuned” before finalizing the agreement. Among concerns is the decanting of water, at what rate the water is discharged, how long the water is allowed to settle in totes before it is decanted, and having a procedure in place for taking samples.

Another area of concern is suds turning up at the WWTP. Council member Jim Schott stated, “We have to get to the bottom of this or this is going to keep going on no matter how many agreements we have with anybody.” Schott emphasized the next time the suds appear a sample needs to be taken to be tested to find out exactly what it is. Schott said, “Let’s face it, it could be coming from anywhere.” Dave Morrill will adjust the agreement to satisfy both parties’ interests and will present the agreement to the council at the July 2014 meeting.

Consent agenda items approved included the minutes from the May 1, 2014 meeting, Treasurer’s report, and monthly city and Fire Department bills.

In City Maintenance John Hanson discussed flushing hydrants. He would like to set up a schedule for hydrant flushing so residents will know when they will .....
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Houston City Council talks radium levels in city water supply

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in All Government

On June 9 Houston held their monthly city council meeting. The majority of the meeting was spent with the Minnesota Department of Health educating the city council on the town’s issue of radium being found in the drinking water. The representative ..... 
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Rushford preps for Highway 43 project, deals with illegal dumping

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Indications of the impending road project are starting to become noticeable and the city is making strides to make sure that local traffic and visitors know that the city businesses are open. Large construction signs bearing “Road Closed” warnin ..... 
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Harmony plans for new well

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Government

Harmony’s City Engineer Brett Grabau attended the city council meeting on June 10 with an update on a couple of projects. The council approved moving forward with design plans for the new well. Grabau reminded the council the city has received ..... 
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Chatfield Center for the Arts to get a facelift

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Governor Mark Dayton signed two bills on May 20 authorizing more than a billion dollars to be spent on projects across the state of Minnesota. The $200 million cash bill for construction projects includes $5,352,000 for the Chatfield Center for the ..... 
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Rushford Village moves on road options; appoints Johnson mayor, Rasmussen new councilor

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Following a recent petition on a road management project, Rushford Village has opted to consult with engineers Bolton & Menk, Inc. regarding cash options for the city street maintenance and repair. Identified roads have shifted in priority due to th ..... 
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Springer & Gumbel P.A. hired on as City of Ostrander’s attorneys

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Ostrander Government

Scott Springer, of Springer & Gumbel P.A., addressed the Ostrander City Council at the June meeting and explained the services and experience offered by his law firm. Springer & Gumbel have offices in Preston, Spring Valley and Chatfield. The fir ..... 
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Commissioners take on additional workload

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in All Government

County commissioners breezed through a short agenda at their June 3 board meeting. Due to the retirement of Third District Commissioner Chuck Amunrud, the remaining four commissioners will take on his committee assignments until after the special e ..... 
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Lanesboro at a crossroads with dam project

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Lanesboro City Administrator David Todd spoke to the council recently about their options when it comes to repairing the dam. For several years, the city has been struggling to find money to fund the $2.7 million project in order to save the histori ..... 
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