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Fountain revisits plant issues; plans for 150 year celebration


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 14th, 2016
Posted in Fountain Government

The Fountain City Council has been plagued with lingering issues at the Wastewater Treatment Plant for several years. The plant is not in compliance and according to WSB & Associates Project Manager Richard Parr, “The clock is ticking.”

At the Thursday, November 3 council meeting, Parr outlined the timeline for figuring out a solution. The plant has been out of Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) compliance since October 24 and a penalty fee will be due in 30 days from that date. Parr also noted engineering has 60 days to do written corrective action. That is due by December 23.

A pilot study was conducted earlier this with the hopes of gleaning some information. Compiled data was helpful, but the problems were not able to be fully remedied. Pumps are functioning correctly; however the plant is not running correctly due to high ammonia and nitrogen levels. In October, the council approved the purchase of a timing device in attempts to get the plant running correctly. The council also moved to purchase a meter for testing ammonia, nitrates, and nitrites. It was noted that daily results would aid the city in getting a more rapid response to issues.

Now, Parr hopes to utilize a simulator program, BioWin, to predict how the plant will behave. He asserted that the plant was designed for a capacity much larger than is being utilized, but that using the program and starting from scratch; they hope to determine the problem.

Parr also plans on sitting down with Valley Design, a metal finishing facility, which according to a May study on the plant, accounts for about 40-60% of the incoming flow to the wastewater treatment plant, due largely from effluent from finishing processes. Engineers have previously had discussion with the MPCA regarding the company’s significant user permit. The company will compile reports quarterly. Parr indicated he would be conducting a site visit at Valley Design. “It’s a chance for us to get a better idea and and overall look. It could get the dialogue going,” said Parr.

The city will also need to continue to investigate sources of funds for planned improvements at the treatment plant. A Point Source Implementation Grant Program may be one option. In all, Parr indicated a total of $556,121 to cover all four improvement projects. The city is currently on the fundable list for the grant, which would cover 50% of the cost. Additionally, Parr believes t .....
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Fountain council discusses veteran’s memorial

Mon, Oct 17th, 2016
Posted in Fountain Government

Following a request by a resident to put in some type of veterans memorial in town, the Fountain City Council discussed the idea during its regular monthly meeting on October 6, 2016. The council feels it would be a nice addition to the city. Pe ..... 
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New city attorney in Fountain

Mon, Sep 12th, 2016
Posted in Fountain Government

The Fountain City Council met on September 1, 2016 for its regularly scheduled meeting. All council members were present. City Attorney Motion by Gudmundson, second by Schott to hire Dwight Luhmann of Luhmann Law, LLC as City Attorney for the Ci ..... 
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Fountain Council hears vie for new city attorney

Mon, Aug 15th, 2016
Posted in Fountain Government

The Fountain City Council met on August 4, 2016 with all council members present. The first order of business was to hear from Dwight Luhmann from Luhmann Law, LLC in Preston, Minn. Luhmann expressed to the council that he would be interested in ..... 
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Fountain City Council addresses property line

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Fountain Government

By Barb Jeffers The Fountain City Council met for its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, July 7, 2016. Council members present included Chad Wangen, Jim Schott, Bryan Ostby and Mayor Richard Kujath. Council member Dave Gudmundson was absent. P ..... 
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Council asks residents to “use common sense”

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Fountain Government

By Barb Jeffers As the Fountain City Council met on Thursday, June 2, 2016 there was a discussion about the city’s noise ordinance. A resident had inquired as to whether the city had a noise ordinance. City Clerk Ronda Flattum stated that oth ..... 
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Fountain Council tackles long agenda

Mon, May 16th, 2016
Posted in Fountain Government

As the Fountain City Council met for its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on May 5, 2016 at the city hall in Fountain, Minn., there was a long list of items on the agenda. All council members were in attendance as well as City Clerk Ronda Flattu ..... 
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Police Chief Mosher warns of scams

Mon, Apr 18th, 2016
Posted in Fountain Government

As the Fountain City Council met for its monthly meeting on April 7, 2016, Police Chief Mosher warned of scams that area residents have experienced. On March 28, Mosher received a report of a scam off Craigslist. These types of scams have an ind ..... 
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Trail Days 2016 will be one day event

Mon, Mar 14th, 2016
Posted in Fountain Government

The Fountain City Council met on March 3, 2016 for the regularly scheduled monthly meeting. A community meeting was held at the Fountain Community Center on March 1 regarding Fountain Trail Days 2016. It was decided that the town celebration wi ..... 
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