On Monday evening, the Montevideo City Council considered a request by the Chippewa County-Monte≠video Hospital board to approve the purchase of $284,119 of new operating room equipment.

On Monday evening, the Montevideo City Council considered a request by the Chippewa County-Monte­video Hospital board to approve the purchase of $284,119 of new operating room equipment.

The equipment will be purchased from Stryker, a manufacturer of state-of-the-art scopes, digital cameras, fiber optics, cabling, and communication equipment.

The new equipment will replace the operating room equipment that was installed in 2009, and which has been fully depreciated. Purchases of this size must be approved by both the city and the county.


There would be no cost to the city as the entire cost to purchase the equipment would be borne by the hospital. The council unanimously approved the purchase.

The council considered three items on the consent agenda: payment of verified claims in the amount of $502,279.07, an application for the use of city property for the St. Patrick’s Day  Parade on Friday, March 17, and an application from the Chippewa County Pheasants Forever for an exemption from lawful gambling to allow a raffle and paddle wheel activities at the TACC on April 1.

All items on the consent agenda were approved.

A public hearing was held to consider a small cities grant application, a slum and blight declaration, a citizen participation plan, and grant application Ten­nessen warning notice.

The purpose of the hearing was to obtain citizen views and to respond to questions from the public.

No citizens were present for the hearing, and the hearing was closed.

The council authorized moving forward with the grant process, as well as adopting the associated resolutions and the citizen participation plan.

Jon Kuhlmann, of Casualty Assurance, was present to review the city’s insurance package.

Most of the city’s insurance package  is through the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust (LMCIT), and Kuhlmann is the city’s local agent with them.

Overall cost for insurance in 2017 has increased by $12,758 over 2016. The city’s total cost for insurance in 2017 is $256,253.

Dividends returned to the city from the LMCIT for 2016 amounted to $67,756, which is the most ever returned to the city.


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