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City of Mabel continues search for ambulance crew members

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on May 14, 2014 at 7 p.m. All council members were present.

One bid from Donald Garness was received for the lot across from the nursing home that the city is selling. The council approved a motion to accept the bid.

Neil Folstad was present to discuss the issues that the Mabel Ambulance Service is facing. Currently, there are only four people on the ambulance crew. After the last run of advertising, 11 people signed up to take the EMT class, but only two are still in the class. If the ambulance service does not recruit more members soon to help cover hours, the ambulance service may be fined or shut down by the state for missing calls. The council discussed different methods of raising public awareness for the issue and it was decided to run an ad and a public notice in the Mabel News Record and possibly a press release on the radio.

Shawn Welty from Davy Engineering was present at the meeting to update the council on the amendment to the bids that were awarded at the April 9, 2014 city council meeting. Davy Engineering presented the amendments to Rural Development for review. Rural Development recommended going ahead with the amendments to the previous bids to include all of the alternate items instead of just the base bid. A motion was passed to accept the amendments.

Gary Steuart asked the council for permission to bring six to eight beehives into Mabel. City Clerk Karen Larson stated that city ordinances don’t say anything about beehives in city limits. The council members questioned Steuart about the safety of Mabel residents if he were to set up the beehives in Mabel and determined that it wouldn’t be a problem. They agreed to allow the beehives on a trial run.

The minutes from the April 9, 2014 meeting were reviewed and approved.

The monthly bills were reviewed and approved for payment.

Public Works Department Director Robert Miereau updated the council on the Cherrywood Drive improvements. All four of the documents necessary to begin the project have been signed, and the project is moving forward.

City Clerk Karen Larson informed the council that the AED or Automated External Defibrillator for the community center has arrived and will be installed in the hallway soon. The AED was supplied by a three-year grant that all cities in Fillmore County were awarded. The City of Mabel will receive another AED next year which will be put up either in the library or the fire hall.

Julie Vettleson of Meadows of Mabel assisted living center asked if the council would be interested in holding a regular city council meeting at Meadows of Mabel. This would allow the council to become more acquainted with the center and would encourage community awareness and involvement as well. It was agreed to hold the June 11, 2014 city council meeting at the Meadows of Mabel.

City Clerk Karen Larson updated the council on the city’s progress since the June 2013 flood. She is currently working with FEMA on several possible buy-outs/relocations of houses in Mabel that were affected by the flooding. The work on the baseball field has begun, but won’t be finished by the June deadline set by the Minnesota Twins “Fields for Kids” program that provided the grant for the renovations. Larson will ask for an extension to finish the work.

Alliance, the company that contracted the building of the Mabel Community Center, has requested partial payment of the retainings. There are still three projects they need to complete on the community center, but, on the advice of City Attorney Richard Nethercut, the council agreed to pay 25 percent of the amount now and the rest after the projects are finished.

Quilters Heaven has agreed to sell to the city for the price of $11,000 for the two parcels of land. The owner will have the building cleaned out by June 1, 2014.

Kati Tweeten accepted the position of Summer Rec Director for the year of 2014.

The meeting was adjourned. The next meeting will be held June 11, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Meadows of Mabel.

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