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Preston approves full time ambulance director


Mon, May 23rd, 2011
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council at their May 16 meeting unanimously approved the creation of a full time Ambulance Director position. The council expects the full time director will in large part solve the problem of maintaining an adequate schedule in daytime hours.

The Minnesota Emergency Medical Service Regulatory Board (EMSRB) has fined the ambulance service multiple times for its failure to keep the service fully scheduled. The fear is that the scheduling problem could result in a loss of their certification, if it is not resolved soon.

Current part time ambulance director Ryan Throckmorton delivered data on the schedule and the number of runs since January, 2011. After reviewing the information, City Administrator admitted a full time director would not fill every hole in the schedule, but it would make a significant difference. With the additional people now in training the rest of the day time hours may be filled. The service needs to have two people scheduled at all times.

Hoffman recognized that 40% of the calls occur from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Councilwoman Kay Spangler said that demonstrates the importance of the daytime schedule. Throckmorton noted there generally is not a problem covering the non-daytime hours.

Hoffman supplied a break down of the expected avoided costs with the hiring of a full time director. The net expense of the new position was estimated to be $8,165. He admitted some of the avoided costs were estimates which may not save as much as indicated, so the cost could be something more.

EMT Remarks

Two currently serving EMT personnel made their remarks, both questioning the necessity for a full time director. Jennifer Christoph opined that she was not completely against the idea of a full time director, but worried the cost could drive the service into a hole (financially). She implied the proposed salary, including salary, benefits, and payroll expenses, of $53,000 per year is a lot for 150 calls and there may be another solution to the scheduling problems.

Brenda Ryan suggested other things need to be addressed, adding some of them are working three jobs. She was disturbed by the portrayal of the EMT personnel as the bad guys. Ryan noted there use to be 28 members and now they are down to 14.

EMSRB

Holly Hammann, EMSRB, commented that she doesn't enjoy fining the service. She recommended the hiring of a full time director saying it is a 24/7 job. She offered to cond .....
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City of Rushford Village minutes

Mon, May 23rd, 2011
Posted in Government

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

The May 3, 2011, regular meeting was called to order by Mayor Dale Schwanke at 7:00 p.m. Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Hamilton Petersen. Absent: Gordon Johnson. Also present: Zoning ..... 
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Rep. Davids: conference committees making progress

Fri, May 20th, 2011
Posted in Government

ST. PAUL - As the 2011 Legislative Session begins to wind down, State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) said joint House/Senateconference committees are making good progress on budget balancing bills.

"These finance bills are very compr ..... 
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More discussion about Chatfield's facebook page

Mon, May 16th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Chatfield City Council had a relatively short meeting on May 9. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent.

City Clerk Joel Young informed the council that Governor Mark Dayton signed into law late last week a bill that will restore the ability o ..... 
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Rushford gives deadline for "Muni"

Mon, May 16th, 2011
Posted in Government

Monday, May 9 was another packed house for the Rushford City Council as at least two hot topics were up for discussion.

The council was presented with a report from the municipal liquor store committee, the council liquor sub-committee (coun ..... 
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Renovation process begins for county highway building

Mon, May 16th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Board, at their May 10 meeting, approved a request for architectural proposals to renovate the Highway Administration Building located on Houston Street NW. The architectural firms will be asked to submit proposals to assess the ..... 
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Harmony seeks to fill HBC space

Mon, May 16th, 2011
Posted in Government

There was some discussion at the recent Harmony City Council meeting about the Visitor's Center, and the vacancy that will soon be there. City Administrator Jerome Illg said Historic Bluff Country will be leaving the building at the end of May due t ..... 
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Chatfield to amend zoning code

Mon, May 16th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Chatfield City Council had a relatively short meeting on May 9. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent.

City Clerk Joel Young informed the council that Governor Mark Dayton signed into law late last week a bill that will restore the ability o ..... 
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Another fine for the Preston Ambulance Service

Tue, May 10th, 2011
Posted in Government

At the Preston City Council's May 2 meeting Ambulance Director Ryan Throckmorton acknowledged, yet again, the correction order and fine imposed by the Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board (EMSRB). The fine is the result of the ambul ..... 
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