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Fountain City Council considers equipment replacement

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Fountain Government

Rose Voight speaks to the Fountain City Council about the Taste of the Trail event. Photo by Barb Jeffers

By Barb Jeffers

The Fountain City Council met on Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fountain City Hall. Council members present were Chad Wangen, Jim Schott, Bryan Ostby. Absent was Dave Gudmundson. Also present were Mayor Richard Kujath, city clerk Ronda Flattum, and Police Chief Tom Mosher.

Rose Voight attended the meeting to discuss the upcoming Taste of the Trail event which will include the City of Fountain on September 21, 2013. Questions were asked of the city council such as what events can take place at the Trail Head and the City Park. Ronda will make copies of the “passports” which will be used for Taste of the Trail. The City of Fountain is handling the funds and donation checks should be made out to the City of Fountain.

Consent agenda items were approved which included the minutes from the August 1, 2013 meeting, the Treasurer’s Report, monthly city bills and monthly fire department bills.

City maintenance business included a discussion on whether to purchase a tractor or bobcat. Upon further discussion it was determined that a truck for city use is a more pressing issue. Further steps will be taken to acquire a truck and the purchase of a tractor or bobcat will be set aside until a later date. $25,000 will be re-assigned for the purchase of a truck.

The water tower need to be washed at a cost of $1,500. Motion was carried. A resolution was passed to accept the preliminary levy for the year 2014.

Police Chief Tom Mosher reported there had been a complaint about kids tearing around town late at night with golf carts. Parents were spoken to and there have been no further complaints. K & R Equipment reported a manure pump had been stolen and during a follow up visit Chief Mosher learned the pump had been borrowed out to someone and was not stolen.

Dan Byers went to assist an individual who believed something was wrong with their water meter. While at the residence he was bitten by the homeowners dog. Due to this Officer Mosher had to serve the owner with potentially dangerous dog papers and the dog now has a micro chip placed in its neck.

On August 19, 2013 a street light pole was hit. It appeared there was no evidence such as paint scrapes, but upon further investigation a license plate was found laying in the boulevard. The individual was contacted and admitted to hitting the light pole.

Also on August 19 Police Chief Mosher issued a citation with a court date for an unlicensed dog. The owner had been contacted in numerous ways to no avail. The week of August 26 Officer Mosher investigated a call about the welfare of a juvenile. Additionally Chief Mosher assisted a couple who are separating and dividing property. Officer Mosher will be attending training in September as well as attending a court trial.

A permit was approved for Valley Design to build an 18x24 foot addition. The Zoning Committee had already approved the addition. Dave Morrill is working on an agreement with a significant user of the wastewater treatment plant.

Meeting adjourned. The next Fountain City Council meeting will be held October 3, 2013.

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