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Fountain City Council welcomes new employee


Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Fountain Government

New city maintenance employee John Hanson gives the city council his report. Photo by Barb Jeffers

The Fountain City Council met on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fountain City Hall. All council members were present in addition to Ronda Flattum.

John Heibel attended the meeting to discuss his property and to determine that no former roadway was ever on his property and to be assured that no additional roadway would ever be placed there. The council agreed that no roadway would be added to the property in the future.

Consent agenda items were approved including the minutes from the November 7, 2013 meeting, the treasurer’s report, monthly city bills and monthly fire department bills.

John Hanson, the new city maintenance employee, asked the council if there were any additional places in town that needed to be plowed for snow or have ice melt put down other than what had already been done. A request was given to purchase tools for servicing city equipment. The city council approved receiving quotes to purchase the necessary tools locally if possible. Hanson requested further instructions on where to place holiday wreaths around town.

Ronda Flattum reported that the preliminary audit will begin on December 11, 2013 with Smith Schafer Associates. The City Office will be closed December 24 - 26, 2013.

There was no activity for Police Chief Tom Mosher to report in the month of November 2013.

Mayor Richard Kujath reported that a meeting was held with Valley Design and it was discussed that the University of Minnesota has a program in which students go to troubled wastewater treatment plants, such as Fountain with its nitrate problems, and try to find a solution to the problem. There would be minimal charge to the City of Fountain and the city would receive a lot of feedback from the instructors and students who will monitor everything and perform various tests. The council approved contacting the U of M to apply for participation.

In Old Business the final budget was approved, a replacement needs to be found on the Zoning Committee, and shingles will be replaced on the city equipment building after quotes are received. The purchase of a tractor will be put off until January 2014.

In New Business the new officers for the Fire Department are: Fire Chief - John Hanson, First Assistant - Elliott Riggott, Second Assistant - Wayne Thomas.

Following the conclusion of the meeting the council presented John Hanson with a cake baked by Tom Mosher’s mother congratulating and welcoming him in his new position as city maintenance employee.

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