Local News Headlines – Fri, Feb 9

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE FULDA CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD THIS WEEK.   THE COUNCIL AGREED TO HIRE AN ENGINEERING FIRM TO CONDUCT A FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR THE FIRE HALL AND AMBULANCE GARAGE.  THE GOAL IS TO DETERMINE WHETHER THE CITY WOULD ADD ON TO THE CURRENT BUILDING, OR CONSTRUCT A NEW FIRE HALL.  FURTHER DISCUSSION WAS HELD ON POSSIBLE CHANGES IN WATER RATES.  NO ACTION WAS TAKEN.  THE COUNCIL VOTED TO APPOINT JENNY WINTER TO THE E-D-A BOARD. 
A SENIOR-HIGH KNOWLEDGE BOWL MEET WAS HELD MONDAY NIGHT IN JACKSON.   THERE WERE 23 TEAMS FROM 9 AREA SCHOOLS.   A TEAM FROM ADRIAN TOOK 1ST PLACE, WITH MURRAY COUNTY CENTRAL 2ND AND JACKSON COUNTY CENTRAL 3RD.  WESTBROOK-WALNUT GROVE TOOK 4TH PLACE.  AMONG OTHER RESULTS, WESTBROOK-WALNUT GROVE ALSO HAD A TEAM IN 8TH PLACE.  MT LAKE FINISHED IN 9TH PLACE.  WINDOM HAD ONE TEAM IN THE MEET, FINISHING IN 10TH PLACE.  OTHER TEAMS INCLUDED RED ROCK CENTRAL AND SPRINGFIELD.
THE MT LAKE CITY COUNCIL MET THIS WEEK.     THEY DISCUSSED SPACE NEEDS FOR THE FOOD SHELF AT THE COMMUNITY CENTER.  THE COUNCIL HEARD AN UPDATE ON THE REMODELING PROJECT AT THE PUBLIC LIBRARY.  INFORMATION WAS PRESENTED ON THE CITY’S OUTSTANDING DEBT.   THEY DISCUSSED THE JOB CLASSIFICATION AND COMPENSATION STUDY.  A NEW SALARY RANGE WAS ADOPTED FOR THE CITY ADMINISTRATOR.  THE DATE FOR THE SECOND MEETING OF THE MONTH WAS MOVED TO FEBRUARY 27TH
THE WINDOM CITY COUNCIL HANDLED A NUMBER OF ITEMS AT THIS WEEK’S MEETING.   THE RESULTS OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT ELECTIONS WERE RATIFIED.  DAN ORTMANN WILL RETURN AS FIRE CHIEF.  THE COUNCIL APPROVED A LOAN APPLICATION.  THE CITY IS SEEKING A LOAN FROM THE STATE OF MINNESOTA TO HELP FINANCE THE IMPROVEMENTS TO THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT.  A TEAM WAS APPOINTED TO CONDUCT INTERVIEWS FOR THE POSITION OF LIQUOR STORE MANAGER.  CHANGES WERE APPROVED TO THE CITY FEE SCHEDULE.
THE WESTBROOK CITY COUNCIL MET THIS WEEK.     A PUBLIC HEARING WAS HELD ON THE PROPOSED ANNEXATION OF PROPERTY INTO THE CITY LIMITS.  A DEVELOPER HAS AN AGREEMENT TO PURCHASE ROUGHLY 3.4 ACRES OF LAND FOR A HOUSING PROJECT.  HE IS APPLYING TO HAVE THE PROPERTY ANNEXED INTO THE CITY LIMITS.  THE COUNCIL AGREED TO BEGIN THE ANNEXATION PROCESS.   THE SITE WILL HAVE TO BE CONNECTED TO THE CITY SEWER SYSTEM.  AN ENGINEERING FIRM WILL BE HIRED TO PLAN THE SEWER EXTENSION.  
                                                   
A REGULAR MEETING OF THE COTTONWOOD COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS WAS HELD THIS WEEK.   BOARD MEMBERS MET WITH STATE SENATOR BILL WEBER AND STATE REPRESENTATIVE ROD HAMILTON.   THE BUDGET FOR THE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT WAS AMENDED.  A PROPOSED 5-YEAR HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION PLAN WAS REVIEWED.  THE BOARD CALLED FOR BIDS ON A BRIDGE REPLACEMENT PROJECT.  THEY APPROVED A LEASE AGREEMENT FOR THE FARMLAND NEXT TO THE COUNTY LANDFILL. 
THE JEFFERS CITY COUNCIL MET LAST WEEK.    COUNCIL MEMBERS MET WITH DOMINIC JONES FROM RED ROCK RURAL WATER.  HE PRESENTED A PLAN FOR THE CITY OF JEFFERS TO BE HOOKED UP TO THE RURAL WATER SYSTEM, INCLUDING RESPONSIBILITY FOR CONNECTIONS TO RURAL RESIDENTS.  A FORMAL AGREEMENT IS BEING DRAFTED, AND AN ENGINEERING REPORT WILL BE PREPARED.  IN OTHER BUSINESS, THE COUNCIL REVIEWED OPTIONS FOR WORKERS COMPENSATION INSURANCE.  THEY ADOPTED AN ORDINANCE DEALING WITH ANIMAL CONTROL FEES.