July 16, 2014

Morgan residents are

getting to enjoy pool updates!

Aidan Nelson and Blake Peterson caught a break from the heat, swimming in the Morgan City pool. The pool opened on June 25 after updates involving the converter were completed. (Staff photo by Char Carlson)

Fairfax City Council meets,

citizens voice concerns

By Amy Berg, Staff Writer

The Fairfax City Council held its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8. 

The heavy June rainfall and its effects on Fairfax residents was discussed at length. 

Resident Laurie Kaukola reported she had four feet of sewer backup in her basement during mid-June. 

The assessed damages were $15,749.58. Kaukola’s insurance will cover up to $3,000 of the cost. 

Kaukola inquired why her house had sewer backup, while her neighbors directly north and south of her residence did not. She stressed the idea that something must be wrong within the infrastructure for this to happen. This is the second time her house has had sewer backup.

Other Fairfax residents in attendance also voiced concerns about the issue.

Street Superintendent Eric Nelson reported the infrastructure to be working as it should, specifically the storm and sewage drains. Nelson said everything has been checked and is documented to be working correctly. 

With over 16 inches of rain, Nelson said the ground became oversaturated. Dependent upon certain factors, such as the type and age of a house’s foundation, problems like flooding would arise. 

Nelson used the example of a tornado or other natural disaster’s effects, in the sense that the city cannot control Mother Nature. 

Kaukola requested to have the city’s insurance cover her losses and to inspect the drainage system in the street near her residence.

The council verified that the assessor who inspected Kaukola’s basement will decide if the losses will be covered. 

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July 9, 2014

Things are coming along smoothly in Gibbon

Construction of Gibbon’s new water treatment facility remains on schedule. Progress is being made weekly as the building begins to take shape. (Staff photo by Denise Peterson)

Gibbon FunFest is almost here

By Amy Berg, Staff Writer

Mark your calendars folks! Gibbon Fun Fest is just around the corner, running July 17 to July 20. 

Old and young alike will find something they like. 

Find a treasure at the citywide Gibbon Garage Sales. The sales run July 17-19. Individual listings will be available in the July 16 edition of the Standard-Gazette & Messenger.

Thursday kicks the weekend off with a Business Appreciation Meet & Greet on Main Street, from 3-6 p.m.

The Freaky Friday 5K run/walk is the main event on July 18 at 8 p.m. New this year is a Kids 1-Mile Fun Run that takes place before the 5K run/walk, at 7:30 p.m. Come down early to register, starting at 6 p.m., and enjoy music in the City Park starting at 7:15 p.m.

After the 5K run/walk, everyone gets a chance to boogey down to “The Other DJ” in the Gibbon City Park. 

Food will be available on Friday and the Beer Garden will also be open.

Sports fun begins on Saturday with a Co-Ed Sand Volleyball Tournament and Softball Tournament, both beginning at 9 a.m. 

If you prefer “sweets” to “sweats” then you are in luck. A bake sale in the City Library takes place from 8:30-1 p.m.

There is a lot for the kids to do, too. T-ball, arts and crafts, face painting, balloons, and the Kids Medallion Hunt all start at 11 a.m. in the City Park.

The Hair Base of Gibbon is doing Hip Hop Hairdos at the Lions Shelter from 1-3 p.m.

The Fire Department has a lot to offer on Saturday with fire truck rides and a FireDog Bouncy House both running 1-5 p.m.

Saturday finishes off with the street dance on Main Street with the Eagle River band playing until 12:30 a.m. They play classic rock, country, rock, and pop covers.

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