Co-directors hired for City’s First Responders
Discussions were held Monday night at the Minneota City Council meeting in regards to establishing a First Responders Unit.
The City Council approved the hiring of Laura Swedzinski and Emily Coequyt as Co-Directors of the First Responders Crew with a base salary of $3,500, plus an additional $12 for any call, meeting, drill or training they encounter.
It was also announced that the City of Minneota will pay for any training costs for any required EMR training, with trainees being required to commit to two years of service on the crew. Responders will also be paid $12 per call/meeting/drill/training.
City Attorney John Engels has been in contact with North Memorial Ambulance to determine the vehicle that will be returned to the City at the beginning of the year. North Memorial Outstate Director Rick Wagner has informed Engels that he will send specifics on the vehicle for the City Council’s consideration.
The First Responders Unit will also implement an “all-call” system and utilize the “I Am Responding” service.
In other action:
•The City Council reviewed and accepted a new three-year contract with current garbage disposal supplier Olson Sanitation, Inc. of Dawson to continue to provide for the collection of trash from all residents, as well as commercial and industrial establishments, and provide for the disposal.
•The Council certified the names of those receiving votes, as well as the number of votes received by each of the offices voted on at the State General Election that was held on Nov. 6.
•A revised and update copy of the 2019 budget was reviewed by the Council. This included a second preliminary budget that indicates a 2.5 percent levy compared to the first preliminary budget levy of 11.65 percent. A final budget and levy will be approved by the Council at the December meeting.
•Council Payment Request No. 5 was made by the Council in the amount of $5.889.52, payable to Duininck, Inc., for work that was completed through Oct. 31 2018 on the contract for the Gorecki Addition improvements.
•The Council also approved the purchase of a 2019 Prowler XT Ranger and 60-gallon Boomless spray tank at a cost of $12,430 from Marshall Small Engine.
•A quote in the amount of $36,375 from Horizon Commercial Pool Supply to resurface the infant and toddler pool was accepted by the Council.
•The Council adopted the resolutions to accept the donation of a 1995 Custom Signal Speed Trailer from the West Hennepin Public Safety Department, and the donation of $500 from the Shaokatan Sportsmen Club to be used for pool operation expenses.
•The installation of a street light at the intersection of Lyon Street and Golf Course Road was also approved by the Council.