Fountain's city council members voted last Thursday evening to purchase a new tractor for general city maintenance chores. A representative from Marzolf Equipment in Spring Valley presented options for the council to choose from, as councilmen had asked for quotes on a skid loader and a tractor. The council, after reviewing the information, ultimately chose the tractor for its versatility, spending $28,965 and receiving a two-year warranty in the transaction.

The council reviewed the proposed 2014 budget, noting there is little difference between this year's and next year's budget. The change is approximately a $1,700 increase. It was noted the capital improvement funds account could be increased if necessary. No action was taken on the budget, as it does not need to be ratified until December.

Police report

Police chief Tom Mosher's report rounded up a bevy of training sessions he's attended in the past month, namely in electronic reporting and filing. He cited the new system is available to the cities of Fountain and Ostrander - where he is also chief - courtesy of the Fillmore County Sheriff's Office since he is a Fillmore County deputy as well.

The filing system provides local authorities with shared access to files that pertain to matters they are investigating and also offers details about suspects such as tattoos, height, weight, gang affiliations and more.

"You can put in just about anything and bring up a person's driver's license number," he related, adding that another electronic system will be installed on a laptop in his squad car and is intended to streamline the work of entering data on DWIs and other infractions, paperwork that can take up to two hours per incident.

Mosher stated he was relieved the person responsible for burglaries in Spring Valley and Wykoff had been apprehended because he was "concerned" the person might migrate to the Fountain area and begin breaking into local churches and businesses.

Maintenance hire

The city hired a new maintenance employee, John Hanson, who will begin work on Nov. 18, replacing Dan Byer, who resigned from the position - and also from the zoning committee.

A replacement for Byer on the zoning committee is still being sought.

Other business

Finally, Mayor Richard Kujath acknowledged that Mediacom has determined it will not offer cable television services in the city of Fountain due to a decision on the corporate level.

The consent agenda was approved and included the minutes of the Oct. 3 regular meeting, the treasurer's report, the monthly city bills, and the fire department bills which encompassed firefighters' annual year-end pay.