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Spring Valley ambulance purchase?


Fri, Jul 31st, 2009
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council met Monday night, July 27th. The one item on the agenda that took up the most time was the proposal to purchase a new ambulance.

Ambulance Director Jim Cooper addressed the council and presented a purchase proposal from a purchasing co-op that listed a new 2009 ambulance at $89,332.00 after the trade in of $50,000 of a 2007 Road Rescue Ford E-450 ambulance that was purchased in 2007. Director Cooper informed the council that the trade in of the 2007 ambulance is favored because of numerous complaints in the operation of the ambulance. Cooper presented a list of 10 items that have presented problems from the very beginning after the unit was purchased. Issues such as heating and air conditioning not working, heating ducts that fall out of the ceiling, door latches breaking off, weather stripping on the rear door tearing off, rear steps bind, siren and/or radio cutting off occasionally, wiggling wires to get the oxygen to work, squeaks above the cab and finally that the ride is bad. Both the EMT's and the patients complain about the ride. It's so bad that the ambulance service resorted to using the 1999 ambulance with 113,000 miles for non-emergency patient transport and keeping the 2007 for emergency calls.

The ambulance service currently has three units. A 1993 Emergency Management unit serves as a second backup. The 1999 unit with 113,000 miles is used for non-emergency because of the better ride for patients. The 2007 has 32,000 miles and continues to have problems.

The 2007 ambulance was purchased from Road Rescue and the proposal to trade it in for $50,000 drew a sharp reaction from Mayor Struzyk. "That unit is barely two years old, has only 32,000 miles on it, why would we want to trade that in? The company should stand behind the unit they sold!" The mayor continued to insist that the company (Road Rescue) send a representative to Spring Valley, saying, "I want a representative to come before the Council and explain why these problems haven't been fixed."

The decision was made to instruct Cooper to contact the company and have a representative from Road Rescue come to Spring Valley and meet with the council, the mayor, City Administrator Deb Zimmer and Cooper to get it straightened out.

In conversations today with Cooper, he told this reporter that Road Rescue is bringing down a loaner ambulance, and they will take the 2007 unit back to St. Paul to correct the problems. All of .....
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Lanesboro City Council discusses bullying issue

Fri, Jul 24th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council spent a lot of time discussing the recent school bullying issue at their meeting on July 20. Council member Ceil Allen had read about the problem in the papers and felt that it was a community issue, not just a school issu ..... 
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Dead tree removal in Preston

Fri, Jul 24th, 2009
Posted in Government

City Tree Inspector Bill Cox discussed the need for the city of Preston to look ahead and decide how to deal with what could be multiple diseased trees with the Emerald Ash Borer at the city council's July 7 meeting. The immediate problem was a larg ..... 
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The 250 bridge will officially reopen

Wed, Jul 22nd, 2009
Posted in Government

The 250 bridge will officially reopen tomorrow afternoon, July 23, for all traffic, workers will be still working in that area, however you will be able to get through there!

Emergency vehicles can get through as of this evening!

Fillmore County may participate in a chemical and mental health program redesign

Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Government

Social Services Administrator Thomas Boyd discussed the progress of a twelve-county effort for collaboration in the southeast region at the Fillmore County board's July 7 meeting. The effort is still in its infancy and has not been approved by any o ..... 
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Historic bridges complicate improvement plans

Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Government

Commissioner Tom Kaase reported on a meeting concerning two bridges in Fillmore Township scheduled for rehabilitation or replacement at the Fillmore County Board's July 14 meeting. The meeting involved County Engineer John Grindeland, Kaase, townshi ..... 
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Chatfield Councilors agonize over Burr Oak Avenue decision

Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Government

Chatfield City Council held a closed door meeting lasting about 70 minutes discussing the Burr Oak Avenue extension project at their July 13 meeting. They had the closed door meeting due to the possibility or potential litigation if they go forward ..... 
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Rushford downtown motel group falls short of goal

Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Government

"As a group, we'll support whatever any other motel developer in town wants to do," said Daryl Thompson, representing the group known informally as the "Downtown Motel Group" in Rushford.

Thompson's comment, made at the July 13 Rushford City ..... 
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Harmony City Council discusses roads and assessments

Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council approved a public hearing that will be held during their council meeting on August 10. The city will be paving 5th Avenue Southeast from 1st Street to Center Street and is planning on assessing 25 percent of the total cost t ..... 
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