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August 7, 2013

Water rates will increase,

Public hearing set September third
The Fulda City Council met August fifth and a public meeting was set for Tuesday September third at 6:30 PM to explain the planned increase in your water bill. The cost to produce a thousand gallons of water in Fulda is $11.42 . Total gallons pumped last year was 40,406,906 gallons. The new rate will have a $25 per month connection fee. No discounts for larger users will be given. If you currently use 500 gallons per month the increase including the base rate will be $8.61, at 1,000 gallons it will increase $11.47, at 4,000 gallons it is $17.23 extra. The increase will be used to pay the $1,000,000 expense off in 15 years

Ross Behrens of the Heron Lake Watershed District spoke to the council about a drainage project on south Lafayette ave. Grant money of $8,912.00 will pay 75% of the project with the city paying $750.00. The existing 36 inch culvert will be replaced by a 60 inch culvert. Drain fill material will be used for part of the ditch. The project will proceed.

Duane Paplow had more questions about changing his storefront into apartments. The council again denied the request citing city ordinances.

Randy Dierks presented a project of fencing at St. Paul's Lutheran School which will extend an existing on the east side of the property an additional 30 feet north. Approval was given.

Two property owners requested the removal of boulevard trees. Larry Jorgenson, 601 N. Baltimore Ave and Barry Holinka, 409 N. Lafayette Ave. Two trees on the Jorgenson boulevard were said to be healthy and approval was denied. The tree on the Holinka boulevard was dead and approval was given. The city will meet with Drew Hage, Development Planner with the SW Regional Development Commission. The meeting will explain the programs available to the city to save on energy costs thru several programs. Guaranteed Energy Savings Program (GESP), Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), and Green Step Cities will be explained. The meeting will be August 15th.

The next regular council meeting is Tuesday, September third at 7:00 PM with the water hearing at 6:30 PM.

Building permits were approved for the following. Phil Bjerke - sidewalk replacement, Roger Kremer - garage addition, Darrel Meyeraan - office addition, Dale Sandberg - two Decks, John Sauer - paver patio and concrete driveway, Ted Dierks - house addition

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