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Spring Valley's new ambulance


Fri, Aug 14th, 2009
Posted in Government

The August 10, 2009, Spring Valley City Council meeting might have been classified as one of the shorter meetings. The main item on the agenda was the purchasing of a new ambulance. City Ambulance Director Jim Cooper was present to review the options to:

1. Trade in the 1999 ambulance and buy a new ambulance at a cost of $113,065.

2. Trade in the 2007 ambulance and buy a new ambulance at a cost of $76,565.

3. Or to remount the 2007 ambulance on a new chassis which would cost $102,609.

On option one the trade-in value of the 1999 ambulance is $13,500.

On option two the trade in is $50,000.

In the past, the council expressed concerns about trading in the 2007 ambulance and keeping the 1999. Ambulance personnel had complained about the 2007 saying it was a rough ride, difficult to control the temperature and other issues that the council felt should have been cleared up with the company a long time ago.

At the meeting last month, the mayor asked Cooper to contact Road Rescue (the company that sold the city the 2007) to see if the long list of equipment complaints can't be resolved. Cooper contacted the company and the ambulance was taken back to St. Paul for repairs, which have apparently been nearly completed, according to Cooper.

Questions from the council were answered and a motion was made by Tony Archer to purchase the 2009 ambulance and to trade in the 1999 unit. The question of the ride will be addressed by looking into different shock absorbers. As part of the motion, $1,615 was approved for the installation of panel. It was also noted that the new ambulance will need lettering and painting. Cooper came in with one quote and was told he needs two quotes. The estimated price is $500. The vote was unanimous and the council approved the purchase.

In other action, the council approved the purchase of a ground monitor for the fire department. The cost is $3,200 and will come from donations. It will enable the fire department to set up independent of the truck to fight fires.

Three parcels in the industrial park were approved for annexation. Those individual parcels are owned by Kappers Fabricating, T.D. Fetterly and the Kolling Brothers. The parcels are proposed for industrial and commercial rating.

Liens were placed on the property at 109 East Grant Street owned by Jason and Laurie Holland for unpaid utilities in the amount of $427.46.

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Harmony approves EDA loans

Fri, Aug 14th, 2009
Posted in Government

Two public hearings were held before the regular city council meeting in Harmony on August 11. The first one was for the street assessment project on 5th Avenue SE. The property owners that will be affected by the project, Fred Young and Allan Dahl, ..... 
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Ropes has dialogue with county board

Fri, Aug 14th, 2009
Posted in Government

State Senator Sharon Ropes reviewed details of the last legislative session and took notes on commissioner concerns to be explored in the next session at their August 11 meeting. Ropes continues to make an effort to visit cities, townships and count ..... 
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Rushford City Council "takes a stab" at a community center

Fri, Aug 14th, 2009
Posted in Government

At the Monday, August 10th meeting of the council, the city made the decision to move forward with plans to seek out proposals on the construction of a 400-seat community center. On a limited budget, the city is offering grant funds of $593,000 for ..... 
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No eminent domain proceedings for Burr Oak extension

Fri, Aug 14th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Chatfield City Council took the possibility of eminent domain off the table as a method to acquire property needed for the Burr Oak extension at the council's August 10 meeting. City Attorney Fred Suhler had followed the council's July 23 instru ..... 
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Lanesboro discusses signs

Fri, Aug 7th, 2009
Posted in Government

During a quick meeting on August 3, the Lanesboro City Council had some discussion with City Attorney Tom Manion about signs in the downtown area. At the last meeting, Manion explained that Cheryl Lamon, who owns Cheryl's Apparel, had asked him if s ..... 
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Elected county officials donate unpaid leave

Fri, Aug 7th, 2009
Posted in Government

Elected official voluntary salary reductions were approved by the county board at their August 4 meeting, which was dominated by departmental budget proposals for 2010. With last December's unallotment total of $143,805, the board required employees ..... 
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Rushford Village Council meets

Fri, Aug 7th, 2009
Posted in Government

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The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. on July 7, 2009, by Acting Mayor Dale Schwanke. Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, and Liz Atkinson. Also present: City Attorney Thomas Manion, Zoning Administra ..... 
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Dangerous trek for bicyclists near Eagle Cliff

Fri, Jul 31st, 2009
Posted in Government

Horace and Sally Stang, residents at Eagle Cliff Campground, made their concerns known during the county board's July 28 meeting. Mr. Stang said the half-mile section along State Highway 16 from the campground property to the Whalan Bridge is very d ..... 
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