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Spring Valley in search of new ambulance director

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Government

It was a very short agenda at the Spring Valley City Council meeting on Wednesday evening. As the usual approval of the minutes and May Final Accounts Payable was dealt with, the first issue of pay adjustments for salary increases arose for Chad Hindt. He had indicated to the council that he would like to have his job description changed to absorb more of the safety training. City Administrater Deb Zimmer indicated that if his job description was changed, so would his salary. His salary would be increased $2,371.00. He will retain his current title of City Street Superintendent.

The council had a lengthy discussion about the next item on the agenda. Within the next few weeks Spring Valley will be looking for a new ambulance director. Currently that position is being staffed by James Cooper and he is retiring in August. In the meantime Zimmer said that there are basically three functions associated with that job and “it is going to be extremely hard to hire a replacement that is willing to be an Ambulance Director, Safety, and Emergency Management Director.”

Mayor Struzyk stated that he thinks the Emergency Management team is working real well and those duties should not be wrapped into the description for the new position. The new position does require coordination with state EMS officials and the standards currently in place will need to be followed. Zimmer said that she would like to have the council think about the changes associated with this change and to come to the meeting on June 9. Zimmer also stated that the council needs to expedite the advertising for a replacement for that position.

The council also approved a donation to the Spring Valley Area Ambulance Service to purchase equipment used to enhance patient care. The Spring Valley Area Ambulance Association has raised funds through its various fund raising activities including its Spring Mailer and the Pancake breakfast and obtained a $2,000 grant from Southeast Minnesota EMS to provide better and more effective CPR. The ambulance service now donates this piece of equipment valued at $14,218.50 to the Spring Valley Ambulance Service. The equipment donated was a Lucas II Chest Compressor.

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