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New councilmen and mayor sworn in by city clerk

January 10, 2013

by Jerry Johnson
Chad Ouellette and Jim Troje were sworn in as new Fulda city council members. Re-elected mayor Greg Ommen also took the oath of office. Retiring council member Ron Kellen with 31 years of service and Jan Wehking with 14 years of service were recognized for there contributions to the city.

Department assignments for 2013 are as follows. Mayor Greg Ommen-public relations, budget, personnel, public safety, news media, police department, EDA board and civil defense. Brian Gass- ambulance, solid waste sanitation, nuisance inspector, library board and acting mayor. Chuck Lursen - streets/alleys, curb/gutter, water, sewer, lagoon, grants and Heritage Society, Jim Troje- sidewalks, weed inspector, Community Club, EDA board and fire department. Chad ouellette- parks/recreation, building zone permits, cable TV and community education

The official depositories are the First National Bank and the Fulda Area Credit Union. The official newspaper is the Fulda Free Press. City attorney is Larry Lucht. City auditor is Steve Haugen, CPA - Gerber & Haugen, P.L.L.P. City assessors are Robert Pazdernik and Erik Skogquist.

Library board members are Sandra Ryan, Kristi Millbrath, Dorothy Gilbertson, Dean McNeal and Kristin Spittle with Kathy Miller as alternate.

John Graupepman of Bolton & Menk reviewed the pilot study results with the council. The study used three filters with different medias for comparison. The recommendation was to replace the 30 inch media filter which could cost $150,000 to $200,000. It was also suggested to replace the controls, chemical feed pumps and to clean the tower. The total project could cost over $750,000. The current plant is over 21years old.

The fire department has ordered different breathable air compressor, to fill there own air tanks, for $13,850. A filling station will be added later.

A 2013 site use agreement with Lutheran Social Services for the Senior dining site was approved.

Alliant Energy gave notice to cities with municipal owned street lights that would no longer maintain them. They will furnish electric energy. Because municipal lights vary from city to city the power company stock supplies and cannot guarantee availability of replacement parts. Fulda owns approxmatly fithy-five of the street lights in Fulda. The City will look locally to have their lights maintained.

Joan Kolander, Fulda Ambulance Director, will retire from ambulance service in March of this year.

There was a discussion of excess equipment that the city could put up for bids. The possibilites are a police car, boom truck and a water pump.

Chad Ouellette said he would like to see a usage audit report for the city by checking all water meters. He would also like to see the city to adopt a vicious dog ordinance.

The next council meeting is Febuary 4th.

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