Ambulance director candidate declines offer
Dodge Center is back to square one in the search for a new ambulance director after the city and the selected candidate were unable to reach agreement on salary.
At the April 11 meeting the council voted to offer employment to Brett Rima and directed City Administrator Lee Mattson to negotiate a salary with Rima who is director of the ambulance service for the hospital in Roseau, Minnesota.
Mattson told council members Monday night that after negotiations on salary Rima declined the job offer.
Mayor Bill Ketchum expressed his frustration saying that the salary range for the position had been included in the job posting and that the city had offered a salary at the higher end of that range.
“Why did he apply when he knew the salary range,” Ketchum asked.
Mattson said the city is still considering what options it has for finding a new director including whether the position should be re-posted. Ketchum added that the city wants to have a new director in place as soon as possible and will consider a special meeting to discuss the situation rather than wait for the next meeting in two weeks.
On another topic, Rich West, representing the Triton Youth Softball Association, told councilmembers that the association would like to upgrade the north field at North Park.
“We want to spruce up the park and make it look nice,” West said. The group chose North Park, he added, because the field at that park is more suitable to softball.
He said that the association had looked at West Concord where the Cardinal Club had upgraded that city’s softball field and was able to get a good idea of the cost of the project.
The estimated cost, he said, is about $23,000 and the softball association has begun raising funds for the project. The group earlier had a raffle that was successful and have been able to purchase some items that will be needed for this season.
The association is looking at grant monies that are available and other fundraising choices. He said the group would like to contact area businesses for support but did not want to do that until they had city support.
West said the group plans to raise the money for the entire upgrade and that any work required would be done with either donated labor or paid for with association funds.
West said that any upgrading will not be done until next spring.
Councilmembers indicated they were in favor of the project and gave the group their approval of moving forward.
The council also gave their approval to First Congregational Church in Dodge Center to have a “Cowboy Church” event at West Park on July 10. The outdoor event will begin at 6 p.m. with music continuing until about 7:30. The event will be open to the public at no charge.