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Production brewery approved by Fountain city council


Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Government

Jackie Hrstka and Ron Huey discuss meter issues in their newly purchased building in Fountain, Minn. with the Fountain city council. Photo by Barb Jeffers

During its regular monthly meeting on December 4, 2014 the Fountain City Council unanimously approved a zoning permit and an off-sale brewery liquor license for a production brewery and tap room for resident Eric Luoma.

This would include the sale of growlers which are 64 ounce (1/2 gallon) jugs that must be sealed. Each growler would have a deposit and could be returned to be filled. Luoma hopes to draw local residents and tourists to his brewery which in turn would bring visitors to other local businesses. With the city council approval Luoma can now seek state and federal approval.

Motion approved for city attorney Scott Springer to write an ordinance setting limits on the number of liquor licenses the city will issue. The ordinance will be reviewed for approval during the January 2015 meeting.

Residents Jackie Hrstka and Ron Huey who recently purchased the former Willie’s Grocery and Locker building requested the billing amount for two city meters in the building be combined so they receive only one bill per month. Request approved.

City engineer David Morrill and David Gartner of PeopleService, Inc. gave an update of the WWTP concerns. According to Morrill, he has received a letter from the Ashbrook Company requesting payment of funds retained by the city. In 2010, when the city was closing out the contract on the WWTP with Olympic, who was the general contractor who held the contract with Ashbrook, there was a retained amount that was due on the plant of 32,521 dollars. Those dollars at that time were taken out of Olympics contract so they could close the contract and the city retained those dollars. “The intention was that when the plant was in operation and meeting discharge standards the retained dollars would be paid,” stated Morrill.

The city has incurred approximately 20,000 dollars in costs above the original amount of 180,000, trying to get the WWTP to meet performance standards. Morrill responded to the letter he received listing the added expenses the city has incurred and proposed Ashbrook come to Fountain and fix the problems with the WWTP. There has been no response from Ashbrook to date.

The nitrogen level at the WWTP on the last report was 32. “It’s got to be below 10, that’s a long way and we’re not going anywhere except for spending a lot of money on Micro C” stated Schott. Gudmundson added, “my opinion is no money, no nothing, t .....
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Fountain Fire Department Sets Up Ice Rink

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Fountain Government

Members of the Fountain Fire Department set up the ice rink at the park in Fountain on the evening of Monday, November 17, 2014. Wayne Thomas is seen spraying a fire hose on the rink to prepare the first layer of ice. The rink will be available to ..... 
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Fountain City Council has productive meeting

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Government

The Fountain city council met on November 6, 2014 at the Fountain City Hall in Fountain, Minn. with all board members present. Also present was city clerk Ronda Flattum, Police Chief Tom Mosher, and local business owner, Elliott Riggott. Consent ..... 
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Fountain City Council locks brush dump

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Government

Due to misuse, the city council of Fountain, Minn. has decided to lock the entrance to the town’s brush dump. During last week’s council meeting, which had been re-scheduled from August 7 to August 13, 2014, city maintenance worker John Hans ..... 
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Fountain City Council discusses sinkhole

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Government

Fountain resident Jason Sethre attended the July city council meeting held on July 3, 2014 to request assistance in dealing with an ongoing sinkhole problem on his property. According to Sethre this is the third sinkhole that has developed on the p ..... 
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New city attorney in Fountain

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Government

“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 t ..... 
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Fountain City Council hears recommendations for WWTP

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Government

The Fountain City Council met on Thursday, May 1, at 6 p.m. instead of the normal 7:30 p.m. in order to accommodate guests whom they hoped had answers the council has been looking for in relation to problems with the wastewater treatment plant. Al ..... 
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Fountain City Council approves Structure Lease Agreement

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Government

The Fountain City Council met on the evening of Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. with all council members present as well as City Clerk Ronda Flattum and Police Chief Tom Mosher. Consent agenda items approved included the minutes from the March ..... 
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Fountain City Council reviews financial statements

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Government

The Fountain City Council met on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the City Hall. By a motion made by Jim Schott and seconded by Chad Wangen the Consent Agenda items were approved including minutes from the February 6, 2014 meeting, Treasure ..... 
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