Fountain amends animal ordinance
for residents owning multiple dogs
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 4:40 AM
In spite of years of complaints to the police about barking or loose canines, Fountain hasn't gone to the dogs, thanks to an amended animal control ordinance governing how many dogs a resident can have before being classified as a kennel owner.
Fountain's animal control ordinance now states that a dog owner who has more than three dogs must conform to the guidelines for a kennel.
City clerk Ronda Flattum inquired as to whether the council wished to include cats in the ordinance, stating she felt it wouldn't work well to do so since most state definitions of "kennel" address dogs only.
A motion passed accepting the amendment. The city continues to work with pet owners to license pets, which is required but costs only a small fee.
Dave Morrill of McGhie & Betts of Rochester updated the council on a meeting slated for Nov. 14 with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to work on loose ends related to the city's wastewater treatment plant.
Fountain now employs PeopleService, Inc., as its wastewater treatment plant operator, and the council and Morrill agreed that it would be useful to have the operators from the company present at the meeting.
After Morrill departed, the council discussed soil sampling at the city's designated biosolids spreading site and Mayor Richard Kujath commented that the council probably should have talked about city maintenance worker Dan Byer's suggestion that a new site be chosen before Morrill left.
More information regarding the current spreading site and why it might be necessary to choose a new site will become available soon.
Councilors voted to install "Children at Play" signs in the Junge subdivision, as contractor Ron Junge had approached the council earlier with a request for signs to be put up to deter accidents.
Mayor Kujath stated, "If it prevents one child from being hurt, then it's worth the $50 for a sign."
Police chief Tom Mosher reported on October's activity, including the apprehension of an individual for which there were multiple arrest warrants in several counties. He noted the individual passed through Fountain but was later caught north of Fillmore by county deputies.
In other business, the council voted to certify delinquent utility bills to the county for collection through property taxes. It also approved the sale of the city's 1980 Chevrolet rural tanker truck to K&R for $2,100, having opened two sealed bids for the truck.
Finally, the council discussed the possibility of holding a citywide cleanup along with renewing the city's waste collection contract. More information regarding the contract will be available at the December council meeting.