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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, Treasurer’s Report and monthly city bills.

A representative from Smith, Schafer, and Associates, Ltd. reviewed the 2013 Financial Summary for the City of Fountain, Minn. A discussion was also held on the 10 year trend analysis. LGA will increase to $68,555. The General Reserve equals 142 percent of annual general fund expenditures.

City maintenance worker John Hanson discussed the accumulating snow and the possibility of getting some snow hauled out to the brush dump. Hanson also asked the council to approve the purchase of a snow blower attachment for the city tractor to improve snow removal and save time. The council tabled this discussion until a later date.

City Clerk Ronda Flattum will be on vacation March 17-20 and April 14-17, 2014. The City Office hours during these times will be from 8 a.m. to noon. Jim Schott will be covering for Ronda during her time away.

Police Chief Tom Mosher and John Hanson will be attending Safety and Loss Control Workshops in Rochester, Minn. on April 14, 2014. Schott motioned and Ostby seconded to approve a Visa Business credit card with a limit of $500 to be used to pay city bills when necessary such as the cost for Flattum to develop a website for the city.

Doug McCabe attended the meeting to discuss past due utility bills of a renter living in a home he owns in town. He left and returned with a payment towards the account received from the tenant. The city has not been able to turn the water off to the residence due to the amount of snow in the area. McCabe and the council then discussed further action on any unpaid balance in the future. The City of Fountain has a policy to shut off water after 90 days late. McCabe requested the water to the residence be turned off after 60 days late.Flattum will look into putting together a policy for the council to review and approve at next month’s meeting so the city has an official policy in place for dealing with past due utility bills.

Police Chief Mosher received a report of a bad check in the amount of $45 to a local business. On February 16 he received a call on another bad check for approximately $200. The person had been writing checks in Houston and Fillmore County. The case was turned over to the Sherriff’s Department.

February 16, 2014 Mosher responded to a medical call. February 10 Officer Mosher received a phone call from the mother of a fifth grader stating it was his birthday and stating he would love to meet Police Chief Mosher and see his squad car. Officer Mosher was waiting at the boy’s house when he got home from school and gave him a tour of his squad car as well as a ride and also a tour of the Fire Hall.

February 18 Mosher received notice that two dogs that had previously not been vaccinated are now vaccinated but have yet to be licensed. Officer Mosher responded to a custody issue followed by an alleged assault. Officer Mosher interviewed the suspect, the victim, and a witness. The case was turned over to the city attorney for review for possible charges.

February 25 Mosher received report of another bad check. The parking situation on Main Street during the week has improved as bus riders received notices. February 26 received call from a woman who’s vehicle was hit by a neighbor.

Police Chief Mosher attended six hours of training through the Fillmore County Sherriff’s Office located in a building at the Fillmore County Fairgrounds which included building search training.

Officer Mosher requested approval to attend required training in vehicle operations pursuit in Rochester, Minn. on April 26, 2014. The training is required every five years in order to pursue vehicles. Police Chief Mosher has attended the training every three years for over 17 years. It includes four hours classroom time and four hours course training where he will use his own squad car. The cost of $150 would be split between Fountain and Ostrander, Minn. Motion by Ostby seconded by Schott to approve the necessary training.

There has been a recall on the squad car of a timing chain guide that could fracture. The repair time is approximately four hours with no charge due to the recall. Officer Mosher will have the repair done as soon as possible.

In Old Business the council discussed the AT&T site modification of the water tower in the matter of an amendment to the lease agreement. The matter was tabled until a later date.

Representatives with the University of Minnesota Capstone Project would like to attend the council meeting on May 1, 2014 and asked about the possibility of beginning the meeting earlier than normal due to travel time. The council approved beginning the May 1, 2014 meeting at 6 p.m.

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