The city of Nashwauk has several official positions changing hands.
At last week’s council meeting, long-time Nashwauk City Police Chief Jim Maddern resigned from his position. His resignation was effective Aug. 15. Mayor Calvin Saari directed the city administrator to send a letter to Maddern thanking him for his 23 years of service. The city also approved internally posting for the position of police chief, on the recommendation of the city’s police commission. Joe Dasovich is serving as acting chief in the interim.
The council accepted the resignations of three Ambulance Service personnel. Shane Peterson resigned effective July 25, Rachel Graf resigned effective Aug. 1 and Jennifer Slatten resigned as of Aug. 2. Following acceptance of those three resignations, the council approved the hire of Brandon Svoboda and Jaime Williams as EMTs.
The council also hired Lance Hopke as public works operator on the recommendation of the Street and Utilities Lead Worker. The hire is effective when he becomes available.
Councilors followed through on a presentation which took place at a previous council meeting. Officials approved a $5,000 contract with Michael Bubany of David Drown and Associates to draft a capital improvements financial plan for the city. Bubany presented an overview of his services to councilors in July.
In other business, the council:
• Approved the minutes of the July 23 council meeting and the July 17 and 23 special council meetings.
• Approved claims as presented for payment.
• Approved an amended rental housing standards ordinance to clarify enforcement language.
• Changed language in the fire protection ordinance fee schedule to read: “within the Nashwauk Fire Service Area.”
• Accepted the resignation of Greg Williams as Pony League football coach, effective July 25.
• Approved the purchase of 2019 Silverado 3500 from Grand Rapids GM in the amount of $54,899.00.
• Approved the purchase of a 2019 John Deere Compact Track Loader with snowblower and brush mower from McCoy Construction & Forestry in the amount of $57,680.
• Approved quarterly training for ambulance service personnel in amount of $1,200 plus $220 for CPR training.
• Approved a rescue tool inspection and maintenance agreement with Genesis Rescue Systems for the fire department in the amount of $1,080.
• Approved a fire department grant writing contract with Karen Anderson Grant Writing in the amount of $1,200 to apply for FEMA protection equipment.
• Approved the purchase of six sets of turnout gear for the fire department from Emergency Response Solutions in the amount of $16,291.98.