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Fountain City Council hears recommendations for WWTP


Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Government

The Fountain City Council listens to the presentation on Fountain's WWTP by the U of M Capstone project students. Photo by Barb Jeffers

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.

All council members were present along with City Clerk Ronda Flattum, Police Chief Tom Mosher, and city maintenance worker John Hanson. Others attending included City Engineer David Morrill, representatives from Valley Design, and a representative from PeopleService.

Brian Oakley from Barr Engineering Co. began the Senior Design Presentation by introducing The Capstone Design Team consisting of University of Minnesota students Nora Pederson, Kathryn Klauch, Vicki Larson, and Kipp Sande. Brian Oakley and Todd DeJournett with Barr Engineering were both mentors for the team. Brian made it clear to the audience that the students did all of the work on the project themselves.

Nora Pederson explained the problem with the WWTP that they were given as an assignment at the beginning of the semester. The problem was that the effluent (liquid waste or sewage) levels of nitrogen were consistently going over 10 mg/L, which is the permitted amount allowed by the MPCA.

Important features of the Fountain wastewater treatment plant were highlighted including:

•High variable flow because it is a small town of about 400 people.

•The Valley Design metal finishing facility accounts for about 40-60 percent of the incoming flow to the wastewater treatment plant and out of that 40-60 percent (which varies given the hour of the day and day of the week) most of it is the effluent from the finishing processes rather than bathrooms on site.

•It is rare for a wastewater treatment plant to have a nitrogen permit limit in the State of Minnesota but given the karst geological conditions of Fountain the city is required to have one.

•The plant does have a limited amount of aeration and recycling controls.

•Prior to entering the WWTP most of the wastewater goes through septic tanks which lowers the BOD (essentially food for the microbes in the WWTP) and so a carbon source called Micro C is added to the effluent of the plant.

Nora Pederson then explained important terms when explaining the process at the WWTP. These terms are nitrification and denitrification. Both are part of a biological process that work tog .....
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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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Birth Announcement: Cohen Joshua Vold

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Social Scenes

Nick and Jennah Vold, along with big brother Landon, of Fountain, Minn., are proud to announce the arrival of their baby boy, Cohen Joshua. Cohen was born Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at Methodist Hospital. He weighed 8 lbs., 6 oz. and was 21 1/4 inches ..... 
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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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Fillmore Central School Board changes snow day policy

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Education

Due to the harsh winter and many snow days that came with it, the Fillmore Central School Board discussed the current policy in regards to make-up days. The current policy states the first snow day is forgiven, and after that the district must ma ..... 
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Willis “Willie” J. Cambern

Thu, Mar 20th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Obituaries

Willis “Willie” J. Cambern, 73, of Fountain, Minn. died Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield. Willie was born June 28, 1940 in Preston to Daniel & Evelyn (Smith) Cambern. He attended school in Preston, where h ..... 
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Fillmore Central to move forward with facility projects

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Education

The Fillmore Central School Board held a special meeting on March 11 to pass a resolution to issue bonds for projects at both the Preston and Harmony sites. The district is going to finance approximately $4,660,000 in projects with no increase in ..... 
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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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