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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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Fillmore Central looks at referendum options

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Education

Patty Heminover from Springsted attended the Fillmore Central School Board meeting on May 27 to discuss possibilities for renewing a referendum. She went over statistics showing different schools in Minnesota that have attempted to renew a referen ..... 
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Blue Valley Holstein to host Dairy Night on the Farm

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Agriculture

The owners of Blue Valley Holstein are celebrating June as Dairy Month and inviting everyone to join their party. Bruce and Tracy Wingert and family will be hosting the event at their farm on Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. with muc ..... 
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A comedic twist in Fountain

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Arts & Culture

Don’t let me put words in your mouth, but no one will want to miss the comic ventriloquist coming to Fountain, Minn. for the 2014 Trail Days celebration. James Wedgwood will be performing Saturday, June 7, at 8 p.m. in the city park and everyone ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Levi Arlyn Johnson

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Social Scenes

Big brother Sawyer welcomes home baby brother, Levi Arlyn Johnson. Parents are Michael and Margaret Johnson of Fountain, Minn. Levi was born April 23, 2014. He weighed 8 lbs. 5 oz.

The Working Mom - Boys Will Be Boys

By Tammy Danielson

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Columnists

When I first started writing this column five years ago, I referred to my husband a few times in my own style of wife humor. However, while I was busting a gut laughing, he found my stories less than humorous and also found out very quickly how man ..... 
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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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Cities of Fountain and Ostrander announce addition of four AEDs

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Health & Wellness

The City of Fountain and Ostrander, in partnership with Fillmore County AED Collaborative, is pleased to announce the addition of four Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) to our area. This addition will allow our communities to have life-saving c ..... 
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Fillmore Central to upgrade parking lots

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Education

The parking lots at both the high school in Harmony and the elementary school in Preston will soon be completely renovated. During the school board meeting on April 22, board member Craig Britton showed the board a diagram of the Preston site with th ..... 
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