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Fountain City Council cements Spring agenda


Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Fountain Government

A group of more than forty people attended the book-signing and presentation by author Julie Kramer. Photo by Barb Jeffers

The Fountain City Council met on April 4, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. at the Fountain City Hall. All members were present in addition to City Clerk Ronda Flattum and Police Chief Tom Mosher.

The first item on the agenda was Matthew Schnabel, an Integrated Solutions Consultant, and two associates from SEMA Equipment with a request to place a GPS unit for use with farm equipment in the area. The unit would be placed on top of the water tower in Fountain. The representatives from SEMA explained that each unit transmits a signal with a diameter of 24 miles and they need to have a permanent “bay station” for use with this equipment. A rental fee would be paid to the City of Fountain for space on the water tower. One consideration by Council member Jim Schott was whether this unit would interfere with the equipment AT&T has placed on the water tower, for which AT&T pays a fee of 1200 dollars per month. Mr. Schott was assured the GPS equipment would not interfere.

The council will take the information into consideration and tabled the discussion until more information is received from SEMA. The council members made a point to express that they need to support the local farmers and will look into the request further.

Consent agenda items were approved including the Treasurer’s report, monthly city bills, and monthly Fire Department bills. City Maintenance reported an inventory on tools has been completed. Council approved the purchase of additional tools in the amount of two hundred dollars. Another agenda item which the council took action on was the need for concrete work on certain sidewalks in town, as well as a platform underneath the bleachers at the ball field. Motion carried to get bids for the concrete work.

City Clerk agenda items included notice of a 2013 Safety and Loss Control Workshop that city employees Ronda Flattum and Dan Byers will be attending on April 16 as well as a MNWARN presentation that they will both attend on April 18. Ronda discussed the possibility of acquiring the services of David Drown Associates which sets up pay scales for cities. The council declined to take action on this agenda item. The personnel policy was approved.

Police Chief Tom Mosher reported there has been a male black dog loose around town. The owners have been identified and contacted. Officer Mosher assisted in a verbal domestic disturbance on March 14. On March 25 Officer Mosher took a six hour Use of Force training course. On March 27 he responded to a domestic disturbance in Wykoff and on the third of April he assisted an officer in Chatfield with a disturbed person. Also during the month of March Officer Mosher investigated a theft by check at a local business.

In the Mayor’s report Richard Kujath discussed the lease agreement with AT&T. AT&T has requested to lower the amount they pay for rental space on the water tower from 1200 dollars per month to 1000 dollars per month with other options possibly available such as a two percent increase each year. The council unanimously agreed to leave the agreement the way it is. The council approved attaining blacktopping bids for several projects in town including the Frontier Communications property. A resident’s request to vacate a small section of Pine Street was declined and the council approved blacktopping the road and maintaining it. The contract with Ruskell Outdoor Services, Inc. was discussed and other bids will be attained to be sure the price is competitive.

The City of Fountain donated two hundred dollars in support of the “Taste of the Trail” event which will be held in September of 2013.

Meeting adjourned. The next meeting will be held May 2, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

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