By Jean Doran Matua, Editor
At the request of Brad Donnay of the Kimball Fireman’s Relief Association, the Kimball city council approved an increase to $1,650 in retirement payments to Kimball firefighters after they serve 20 years. The Kimball Fire & Rescue Department is all-
volunteer; they receive a small hourly wage for each call, but the biggest benefit is the retirement funds available to them after they are fully vested.
The city’s auditor attended that Nov. 10 meeting to discuss the Utility Rate Study, and possible utility rate increases that would both serve the city and be bearable by city utility users. Justin Nilson of ABDO Eick & Meyers, the auditor, will return at a future meeting with additional sample bills.
Brian Kiffmeyer, the city’s Emergency Management chief, discussed the current status of COVID-19 testing and cases in Minnesota.
The council approved an agreement with MnDOT for the city of Kimball (Public Works Department) to clear snow from Highway 15 and then bill MnDOT this season.
The city has a policy of allowing only 300 hours maximum accrual of PTO from overtime. Because of COVID-19, however, the city clerk has 70 hours beyond this limit. (She was unable to take any time off since September because of absentee ballots being dropped off at city hall.) The council agreed to pay her for the 70 hours, and they disallowed any accrual or payment beyond the 300 hours after Nov. 29 when PTO over 300 hours for all other employees will expire. (Use it or lose it time.)
There is a special meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23; it will be live-streamed on Facebook. The next regular meeting is 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1.