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Spring Valley ambulance issues discussed


Mon, Feb 29th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Government



The Spring Valley City Council met in regular session on Monday, February 8, 2016 at 6 p.m. Members in attendance were: Tony Archer, Todd Jones, Mayor Jim Struzyk, Bill Bires, and City Administrator Deb Zimmer. Jeff Vehrenkamp was absent. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the meeting opened with the approval of prior minutes and February final accounts payable. There was no one signed up to address the council in the visitors’ section of the agenda.

The council unanimously approved the annexation of a parcel across from the Baptist church, and elected to waive water/sewer hookup charges. Next, the council discussed Resolution 2016-13, Resolution Declaring Cost to be Assessed (regarding the Lyndale & Farmer Street project). The resolution shows a total expected cost of said improvements as $1,494,637.84, with $1,054,373.02 to be paid by the city, and that is the amount to be assessed. This was approved as submitted. Next, the council voted to OK Resolution 2016-14, Resolution Calling Hearing on Assessments for 2016 Street Improvement Project. The hearing is set for March 14 at 6 p.m. at city hall. There will also be a neighborhood meeting on Wednesday, March 9 to answer questions.

The council then heard from Ben Schlaak, informing the council on several ambulance service policies in need of updating (Reportable Patient Events, Fleet Maintenance, Equipment Maintenance, and Drug Procurement & Storage). The council approved these updates as submitted. Ben then explained, “With the equipment the way we currently store it, we’re technically in violation of the statute” because of dust, debris and soot that settles on the containers holding the equipment. He added, “This is something the state’s going to start cracking down on more, and there will be fines associated with that if we don’t remedy it somehow. Fines would be upwards of $400 and escalating from there.” He outlined his proposal to wall-off a small area in the back of the ambulance garage, creating an ambulance supply room. He said disaster supplies could be stored on top of that room. He said Sentenced to Serve could build the room at no cost, other than the materials. Council member Todd Jones stated, “We’ve talked about this for quite a few years now,” and the council agreed that it should be done, so they directed Ben to seek an estimate for the cost and timeline of having Sentenced to Serve build the room, as well as other options .....
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Margaret Breitbarth

Thu, Feb 25th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Margaret Breitbarth Funeral services for Margaret Breitbarth will be held 3:00 P.M. Saturday, February 27, 2016 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Spring Valley, MN with Pastor Jim Scaife officiating. Burial will take place in the Spring Valley Ceme ..... 
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Marcella M. King

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Marcella M. King, 94, of rural Spring Valley, Minn. died on Thursday (February 18, 2016) of natural causes at the Stewartville Care Center, where she had been a resident for 1 day. Marcella Mae Anderson was born on October 5, 1921 to Edward and ..... 
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Kingsland referendum options mulled

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Education

The Kingsland School Board met in regular session on February 17 with all members present (Kristin Beck, Deb Larson, Gwen Howard, Ann Oeltjen, Troy Asher, Doug Plaehn, and Superintendent John McDonald). The consent agenda items were passed unanimou ..... 
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Ada Peterson

Mon, Feb 15th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Ada Peterson, age 85, of Spring Valley, Minn., died Saturday evening, February 13, 2016, at the Ostrander Care and Rehab. Ada was born January 23, 1931, in Rushford, Minn., the daughter of Harry and Inez (Vier) Arnold. She was a 1949 graduate o ..... 
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Spring Valley garbage pickup explained

Mon, Feb 15th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met in regular session on Monday, February 8, 2016 at 6pm. All members were in attendance: Tony Archer, Todd Jones, Mayor Jim Struzyk, Bill Bires, Jeff Vehrenkamp and City Administrator Deb Zimmer. Following the Pl ..... 
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Livona D. Krahn

Mon, Feb 1st, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Livona D. Krahn, age 86 , of Spring Valley, Minn. died Saturday January 30, 2016 at the Spring Valley Senior Living in Spring Valley. She was born December 22, 1929 in Forestville Twp. Fillmore County near Mystery Cave to Monas and Vergia (Mensi ..... 
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Letter about Stan Gudmundson commentary...

Mon, Feb 1st, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Stan Gudmundson’s fear of people who are different than us is legitimate: we do not know what to expect, we wonder if they will respect us and our culture and our mostly good government. We wonder how Syrian Orthodox Christians as ..... 
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Betty J. Bly

Fri, Jan 22nd, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Betty J. Bly, age 86 of Spring Valley died Thursday January 21, 2016 at the Spring Valley Senior living. Betty Jane Bly was born March 7, 1929 near Deer River, MN to Patrick (Ambrose) & Alice Hennager. The family moved to a home in the Spring ..... 
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