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Preston gives treatment site to city of Fountain


Fri, Mar 28th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council voted unanimously at a special meeting on Monday, March 24, to gift the site of a Preston owned wastewater plant in Fountain to the city of Fountain. For the past 19 years, the city of Preston has operated a pre-treatment plant in Fountain, where wastewater is treated before being discharged into a drain field.

The city of Fountain has outgrown this system and is working with the MPCA to put in place a new wastewater treatment plant. Fountain Mayor Richard Kujath attended the March 17 Preston City Council meeting to formally request that Preston donate the site to Fountain. He said at the time that Fountain hopes to have the new plant operational by November.

Preston City Attorney Dwight Luehmann told the council that by statute the city can "convey land to the state, or a political subdivision, for little or no reimbursement as long as it's for a public purpose."

The city can gift this to the city of Fountain," Luehmann concluded.

The land and plant were paid for with a grant of $175,000 and Luehmann said that the city of Preston had no direct expenses that needed to be recovered.

City Administrator Joe Hoffman said that the city would recover some equipment that they could use in their Preston plant, namely two electric motors and one blower.

The council voted to give the city of Fountain the site on two conditions:

Firstly, that both parties agree that the old plant will continue to function until the new plant is operational.

Secondly, that the city of Preston bear no cost for the demolition of the old plant.

The Preston council instructed Luehmann to draw up the necessary papers.

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