City to address snow removal

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont City Council on Monday allowed some time for council updates and staff information.

Council member Ruth Cyphers sought input concerning the issue of snow removal by the city. Some residents have recently voiced disapproval of the city’s handling of the issue.

“Would it possible to get a committee together to talk about that, and maybe get some input from the city, and show that we are concerned and we are customer service related?” she asked.

Mayor Debbie Foster responded that the issue would be addressed in the near future.

In other action, the council:

o Approved an ordinance allowing the sale of 1218 N. Elm St. to Joseph and Christina Thate for $1,000. The city acquired the property as a tax-forfeiture, and has since razed the house that was on site. A public hearing about the sale was unattended.

o Approved a motion to waive the reading of all resolutions, except and unless a request is made by one or more council members or citizens for the resolution to be read.

o Approved a motion to schedule a public hearing concerning a raise in softened water service rates. The 2018 operating budget for the water department reflects a need to increase rates, and the Public Utilities commission has recommended a 3 percent increase. The hearing was set for 5:30 p.m. Jan. 22.

o Heard a report from Foster, who thanked the Fairmont Fire Department for its part in helping out during the recent grain elevator fire in Northrop.