Tricounty News

Kimball receives award, honors retiring firefighters

At its Jan. 8 meeting, the Kimball city council heard from Tom Kummrow, representing the Office of Transportation Safety. Because of the Kimball Police participation in the Toward Zero Deaths (formerly called Safe and Sober), the department was awarded two new, high-tech light bars for their police vehicles. Valued at $1,300 each, the bars are a welcome addtion to the department. Kummrow explained that the new, high-visibility enforcement of
W-CIMG1769the TZD program is the way to go, that its lessons and warnings reach many more people than using unmarked cars to stop cars. Because Stearns County is among the “Deadly 13” in Minnesota, it has received the largest OTS grant. Ten percent of drivers in Stearns County have a DWI on their record. (Sadly, that’s the state average.)

The Kimball Police Dept. was awarded two light bars from the Office of Transportation Safety for their efforts in the Toward Zero Deaths (formerly Safe & Sober) program. Officer Jason Spoden, Chief Jim Frilstad, Tom Kummrow from OTS, and Officer Ashley Capes.

The council honored Cindy Stelten and Steve Gohman for their many years of service in the department.

Mayor Konz read a tribute to retired Kimball Area Fire and Rescue Dept. members Steve Gohman and Cindy Stelten. Pictured are Sue and Steve Gohman, and Robert “Butch” and Cindy Stelten. Staff photos W-CIMG1775by Jean Doran Matua.

The city’s audit will be during the week of March 4.

This was the organizational meeting for the council. There were no new council members to take an oath. The following appointments were approved: Acting mayor, Krippner; Emergency Management, John Gohmann; Parks board, Loewen; Personnel committee, Tammy Konz and Paula Capes; Kimball Days committee, Nate Osmundson; Fire board, Joe Krippner.

The council discussed at length the non-resignation of an employee. Chad Johnson, Public Works Director,

requested personal time off for several days in December and January (although not within the required three weeks in advance) and sent an e-mail “notice” without stating it was a resignation, or giving any dates.

It seems Johnson has accepted another job that starts Jan. 14.

The council agreed to approach the city of Watkins about possibly sharing a licensed water, sewer and irrigation person. (That happened at their Jan. 10 meeting.)

The next meeting of the Kimball city council is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22.  Meetings are open to the public.