Fountain City Council members Jim Schott and Bryan Ostby listen as Fountain's city clerk, Ronda Flattum, reports on animal licensing. GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPERS
Fountain City Council members Jim Schott and Bryan Ostby listen as Fountain's city clerk, Ronda Flattum, reports on animal licensing. GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPERS
"I'd like to have this handled somehow, so we don't have to babysit people," said Fountain's city clerk, Ronda Flattum, speaking to the city council during the Thursday, July 3, meeting. "Animal licenses...every year, we have problems with animal licenses. It's the same time and the same price every year."

Flattum broached the subject because she presented Fountain Police Chief Tom Mosher's written report to the council, and the majority of it encompassed his difficulty in enforcing the city's pet licensing ordinance. This underscored Flattum's frustration with Fountain residents who fail to license their pets on an annual basis.

Mayor Richard Kujath asked, "How is it monitored? How do you know if someone has a dog?"

Flattum replied she checks records of existing licenses just before the licensing process begins again.

Councilor Chad Wangen suggested residents who don't license their pets be given one chance to redeem themselves, then be given a citation.

Flattum will continue to pursue those residents who have not renewed their pets' licenses.

AT&T request

The council revisited the AT&T request to weld dish mounts to the city's water tower. Even though the company has been paying on the lease contract since the contract was signed, the councilors took exception to the prospect that the company would be creating another point at which rust could form on the tower's tank.

Councilor Jim Schott stated, "If they want to weld it on, they'd have to drain half the water out of the tank. What if we get a fire?"

Flattum agreed to contact AT&T to find out if a representative could attend an upcoming council meeting.

Cable providers

Kujath addressed the slow departure of the city's former cable television provider - the company left town, but it also left its equipment.

"The old cable TV boxes around town are no longer in use and people are tired of mowing around them. They were given ample time for pulling their equipment out and it seems they were in a big hurry to shut down, but they're in no hurry to get their stuff out of here," he added.

Wangen suggested the council contact the company and give it 30 days to have the equipment removed and if it isn't all removed within that time, the city would remove it and bill the cable provider.

Other items

New business included accepting the list of 2014 election judges and the filing period for candidacy - July 29 through Aug. 12, with two council seats and the mayor's seat open.

Before adjourning the meeting, Kujath answered Schott's questions regarding the wastewater treatment plant's operation, noting that for now, things seem to be working well enough.

Fountain's city council convenes the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at city hall.