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New DPW attends Council meeting
The City of Fennimore
The Fennimore City Council met twice in the last week to cover various city matters.
The first meeting on Nov. 25 a regularly scheduled bi-weekly council meeting hosted the city’s new Director of Public Works, John Murray.
Murray shared with the council he has been working to get up to speed on the city’s current operations.
Murray reported that he had gotten quotes on water sampling for evey thing except bacti and fluoride. He shared with the council that by utilizing Northern Lakes Services and sending the water samples via UPS prepaid would result in a savings of a total of $5794.
Sludge hauling also was a topic covered by the new DPW.
“We are running out of room,” Murray reported. “Estimates are that we will be full by February. United is coming to Lancaster the first week of December and I am hoping to get three days of hauling out of  them; 250,000 to 300,000 gallons. The cost is approximately $11,875 to $15,000. This needs to be put in to the 2020 budget. We can only haul 3,200 gallons per load. The tractor we use is slow, it will take approximately two weeks of hauling to do the equivalent. The cost is $4,000 in wages plus fuel for the tractor.”
Fennimore Chief of Police Chris French shared a report to the Council as well.
“Officers are staying active with drugs, mental health, impaired driving, family disturbances and other complaint/enforcement related activities,” French said. “Two officers attended a training update for our record management system and the department completed TASER recertification and use of force update. In house instructors were used for both.”
On the administrative side of things French reported that the department has streamlined paperwork storage with the city office.
French shared as well that the department completed their end of year budget planning.
“No problems anticipated for 2019 and the department found $7,000 to set aside for pedestrian crossing lights in 2020. $8,000 in grant money this year helped us free up equipment funds as well.”
The department also reported receving a $4,000 DOT grant for new body cameras.
Linda Parrish shared her monthly report as well with the Council.
Parrish reported that the city had three ribbon cuttings in November. Rural Mutual Insurance-Susan Brugger, Real Estate Company- Tim and Tyler Klaas and MQ Signs and More- Angie Monroe.
On the next Monday night Special Council meeting held on Monday, Dec. 2, the council approved the budget for and hired a sixth police officer.
The new police officer hired is named Jeff Alvin.
The council also passed the 2020 City Budget as well as the 2020 City Wages.