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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 6, 2014 meeting, Treasurer’s report along with monthly city bills and Fire Department bills.

Rose Voight, representing Taste of the Trail, attended the meeting to discuss the sign that is being worked on to be displayed by the trail. The council will look into having someone build the frame.

Motioned by Schott seconded by Ostby for John Hanson and Tom Mosher to attend a Safety & Loss Control Workshop in Rochester, Minn. on April 17, 2014. Motion carried. Ronda Flattum noted that April is Abuse Awareness month and ribbons have been put up on light poles in town to raise awareness.

The Southeastern League of Municipalities will hold a meeting on April 30, 2014 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. in the Spring Valley. Community Center. The topic will be Destination Medical Center and how it affects your town. In addition there will be a round table discussion on winter issues such as frozen pipes, sidewalk cleaning, snow removal, etc. Attendees will discuss the past winter and how each city dealt with these problems. The council members will decide who can attend this meeting by the registration deadline of April 28.

Police Chief Mosher reported his activity for the month of March 2014. March 7 he assisted in traffic control while John Hanson removed snow from an intersection along Highway 52. A citation was issued for fifth degree assault relating to an incident at the Village Square. Officer Mosher has been working with Dodge County probation on a harassment/custody issue.

A stop sign at the intersection of County Road 11 and Highway 52 was ran over by a semi on March 12. The sign has been replaced. March 14 Chief Mosher assisted a person that was being threatened by an individual with a baseball bat.

March 23, 2014 Police Chief Mosher provided escort during the funeral for Willie Cambern, which Officer Mosher stated he was “proud to be a part of.”

March 24, 2014 Chief Mosher received four hours online education as part of his pursuit training and will attend an additional four hours of hands on pursuit training on April 26 on a course in Rochester, Minn.

Additional training for Officer Mosher in the month of April will be eight hours of use of force training on April 7, a Sheriff’s Office and meeting on April 22, and AED refresher training on April 23. Two new AED devices will be received and placed in the Fire Hall and Community Center.

Motion by Schott seconded by Gudmundson to approve the amended lease agreement with AT&T for use of the water tower for equipment. Motion carried. The rental price raised from $300 per month to $600 per month with a removal/restoration clause stating the site will be restored to its original condition if AT&T removes its equipment in the future. AT&T will not be allowed to assign their equipment to another company unless they talk with the City of Fountain first. At any time the water tower needs to be serviced or cleaned, AT&T will be responsible for removing their equipment until maintenance is complete.

In New Business the city is in the process of obtaining a Visa business credit card with a $500 credit limit to be used for city expenses when necessary. Motion by Ostby seconded by Wangen to obtain the Visa business card. Motion carried.

A policy will be put in place to update the sewer and water ordinance. Flattum will review information with the city attorney and put together a policy to present to the council at the June 2014 meeting.

The brush dump will open on April 14, 2014. The brush dump will be open 24 hours a day seven days a week with city employees checking to make sure nothing is dumped that should not be.

Meeting adjourned. May 1, 2014 council meeting will be held at 6 p.m. instead of the usual 7:30 p.m.

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