The Minneota City Council Monday voted to provide the community with an Emergency Volunteer Ambulance Service starting after the first of the year.

City approves ambulance response team

The Minneota City Council Monday voted to provide the community with an Emergency Volunteer Ambulance Service starting after the first of the year. “The first business was to forfeit the license back to the state,” said Mayor John Rolbiecki.

Councilman Tim Koppien made the motion, not without apprehension, but because there is no other way around it.” Councilman Travis Gillund seconded the motion.

The council studied the possibilities of providing the service after North Memorial indicated they would no longer honor the current contract due to inability to hire and keep available staff.

The second action was to establish Emergency Responder Volunteers. Training will be provided by the city for interested individuals.

Councilman Jerry Teigland made the motion and Councilman Gillund seconded.

“I think we need a director in place to get going on the applications,” said City Administrator Shirley Teigland.

She suggested Police Chief Bill Bolt take the lead director’s position. “It should come under the police department.

Chief Bill (Bolt) would be able to step into it now, not the medical director (position), but the director,” she said. A medical director will be named at a later date.

“Chief Bolt would help with scheduling and ongoing training,” said Administrator Teigland. However, Councilwoman Amber Rodas expressed concern regarding “overloading” Chief Bolt. “I just don’t want to overload him,” said Councilwoman Amber Rodas.

From the audience, Katie Boettger voiced the same concern about overloading Chief Bolt and asked if anyone who has been an employee of the ambulance service was interested in a director’s position, “Because they know the ins and outs of it,” she said.

The council responded by voting to open the director position for applications before making a decision. “We would be able to help you out and provide a medical director,” said Dan DeSmet of the North Memorial Ambulance Service.

“We’d be glad to help out with your service. We don’t want to cut the tie, we want to help.” When asked about the cost he said they do it for other agencies.

“Currently, we do not have costs,” he said.

IN OTHER action the board:

•Heard Lyon County Sheriff’s candidate Eric Wallen indicated he has 20 years of experience.

“I have that down but I wanted the other things and got a Masters of Business Administration so I got that,” he said. A native of Minneota, Wallen is currently a sheriff’s deputy. He is on the Horizons Crisis Center Board of Directors, Lions, Rotary, youth baseball, United Way and is a member of St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church.

•Approved payment due to Duininck, Inc. of Prinsburg on the Gorecki Addition improvements for $576,592.63. Duininck put in all the utilities and prepared the new addition for future development.

•Noted the contract with Total Lawn Service to spray parks and the levee was $5,394 for the year. As a result, they discussed purchasing an ATV and sprayer so they could do the work themselves. A vehicle bid, including sprayer installed with switch and quick connect from Action Sports of Marshall was for $7,150. The council seemed to feel they could save money in the long run if they had their own equipment and voted to go ahead with the purchase from Action Sports.

•Approved gambling permits for Southwest Sportsmen Club; St. Edward Church and the Minneota-Taunton VFW.

•Approved zoning permits for:

—Robert Anderson to building a landing and ramp

—Todd Boerboom of 400 N. Madison Street for a storage shed;

—Jessica and David Moriarty of 102 W. 5th Street for a 10x16 foot shed along with a retaining wall to decrease erosion and fence along a portion of the side yard

•Approved a one-day liquor license approval for St. Edward Church.

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