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Spring Valley discusses H1N1 flu and 800 mhz radios


Fri, Aug 28th, 2009
Posted in Government

Issues involving radios and H1N1 flu consumed most of the city council meeting on Monday night.

John Dols of the Emergency Management Team briefed the council on a meeting he had gone to last week in Preston concerning the H1N1 flu. He reported that the county is making plans to deal with any pandemic and a tabletop exercise was the main focus of the meeting last week. Dols said that there were three main points discussed at the county meeting:

1. Isolation. This will be imperative for those people that are ill in their homes. The deciding factor on the time before these people can be released will be if they are able to go 24 hours with no fever and they are not taking any fever preventatives.

2. There may be mass dispersing sites set up in the county.

3. Communities might set up flu centers were people can come for treatment of non-H1N1 flu.

The numbers that have been released by Fillmore County Public Health, indicate that in a "Moderate Pandemic" like 1958 or 1968 there could be as many as 6,410 people ill in Fillmore County, 3,205 would be seeking outpatient care, 65 would be hospitalized and 10 in ICU. Public Health figures indicate as many as 15 deaths in Fillmore County.

In a severe pandemic, like the one that happened in 1918, the number of deaths climbs to 135.

Brenda Pohlman, health educator of Public Health Nursing encourages everyone to go to the following web sites for further information.

• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/

• Minnesota Department of Health: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/diseases/flu/h1n1/index.html

• Fillmore County: http://www.co.fillmore.mn.us/

Dols continued his presentation before the council by recommending that the oldest ambulance, a 1996, be converted to an Emergency Management unit. It would be outfitted with equipment that would be useable as a mobile command post in case of a disaster. It would have all of the backups for the EOC radios and other equipment. Dols said that much of the equipment has already been donated and will be installed after the city council gives their nod of approval. The request was granted and work on the emergency management vehicle will be started immediately.

Jim Cooper, ambulance director, appeared before the council and said that he had attended a meeting last week on the 800 MHz radio system being proposed for Fillmore Co .....
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Elementary School gets approval for storage building

Fri, Aug 28th, 2009
Posted in Government

A Conditional Use Permit (CUP) was approved by the Chatfield City Council for a storage structure near the new elementary school, which lies within a residential area, at the council's August 24 meeting. Planning and Zoning had met in special sessio ..... 
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Emergency communication options weighed by county

Fri, Aug 21st, 2009
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Board held a special meeting on August 18 to review the pros and cons of three potential future emergency communication systems. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), an independent US government agency responsible to cong ..... 
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Preston Council and utility review proposed contract extension

Fri, Aug 21st, 2009
Posted in Government

The Preston Utility Commission and the Preston City Council met for a second week together on August 18 to study the analysis completed by R. W. Beck, Inc. The firm was tasked by Preston and several other communities that are currently members of th ..... 
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Preston discusses parking ordinance for residential streets

Fri, Aug 21st, 2009
Posted in Government

Preston Police Chief Matt Schultz, along with City Administrator Joe Hoffman, described the concern over "on street parking" of semi trucks and trailers and recreational vehicles at the city's August 17 meeting. Hoffman said the city has received an ..... 
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Lanesboro strives for approved 2010 budget

Fri, Aug 21st, 2009
Posted in Government

Lanesboro's City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman informed the City Council that the skateboard park had been vandalized for the second time in two weeks. She said the panels were ripped off, cigarettes were all over the place, graffiti had been spray ..... 
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Preston considers its energy future

Fri, Aug 14th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council met in special session with the Preston Utility Commission to hear a presentation from the Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) early on August 10. Four officers of the company, including Ray Hayward, CEO, Larry ..... 
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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 option ..... 
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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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