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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 options to:

1. Trade in the 1999 ambulance and buy a new ambulance at a cost of $113,065.

2. Trade in the 2007 ambulance and buy a new ambulance at a cost of $76,565.

3. Or to remount the 2007 ambulance on a new chassis which would cost $102,609.

On option one the trade-in value of the 1999 ambulance is $13,500.

On option two the trade in is $50,000.

In the past, the council expressed concerns about trading in the 2007 ambulance and keeping the 1999. Ambulance personnel had complained about the 2007 saying it was a rough ride, difficult to control the temperature and other issues that the council felt should have been cleared up with the company a long time ago.

At the meeting last month, the mayor asked Cooper to contact Road Rescue (the company that sold the city the 2007) to see if the long list of equipment complaints can't be resolved. Cooper contacted the company and the ambulance was taken back to St. Paul for repairs, which have apparently been nearly completed, according to Cooper.

Questions from the council were answered and a motion was made by Tony Archer to purchase the 2009 ambulance and to trade in the 1999 unit. The question of the ride will be addressed by looking into different shock absorbers. As part of the motion, $1,615 was approved for the installation of panel. It was also noted that the new ambulance will need lettering and painting. Cooper came in with one quote and was told he needs two quotes. The estimated price is $500. The vote was unanimous and the council approved the purchase.

In other action, the council approved the purchase of a ground monitor for the fire department. The cost is $3,200 and will come from donations. It will enable the fire department to set up independent of the truck to fight fires.

Three parcels in the industrial park were approved for annexation. Those individual parcels are owned by Kappers Fabricating, T.D. Fetterly and the Kolling Brothers. The parcels are proposed for industrial and commercial rating.

Liens were placed on the property at 109 East Grant Street owned by Jason and Laurie Holland for unpaid utilities in the amount of $427.46.

A new contract by PeopleService for the City of Spring Valley was approved. The terms of the contract will be five years at a cost of $15,372 per month during the first twelve months of the agreement.

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