Redwood Falls City Administrator Keith Muetzel was named interim Redwood Area Hospital CEO during a closed-door session of the city council Tuesday evening.
Redwood Falls City Administrator Keith Muetzel was named interim Redwood Area Hospital CEO during a closed-door session of the city council Tuesday evening. Hospital CEO Jim Schulte was placed on unpaid administrative leave by the city on May 3 after the city received information alleging Schulte may have received inappropriate travel expense reimbursements from the hospital. While the matter is being investigated, day-to-day hospital business must continue, said Muetzel at Tuesday’s scheduled city council meeting. Since it was a personnel matter, state law required the council to discuss solutions in a closed door setting. Once the meeting was opened up to the public again, the council took action naming Muetzel interim hospital CEO. “I can’t stress the ‘interim’ enough,” both Mayor Gary Revier and Muetzel stated at different times. For the forseeable future, most hospital department heads will report to Muetzel. The exceptions — except the human resources department head, and the hospital’s chief financial officer — will report to the city’s finance director, Missi Meyer. In other city news, the council: • Approved a $2,598,800 bid from Robert L. Carr Company for the Redwood Falls powerhouse repair project. • Approved a $1,059,442 bid to Underground Piercing to integrate the upcoming east electrical substation with the rest of the grid. • Approved a $743,007 bid from Schmidt Construction to handle the 2012 infrastructure improvements set for Morten, Schmahl and 11th Streets this summer. • Approved a $15,000 low interest loan and a $15,000 grant to Sue Tholkes to assist in the renovation of the commercial building at 132 E. 2nd St. The renovation project consists of replacement of the windows, air exchanger, duct work, ceiling, and floors. • Approved the hiring of Sheila Stage as the city’s new human resources coordinator. • Approved a waiver to allow the farmer’s market to set up a sign on city property at the corner of Washington St. and Highway 19/71. • Set Tuesday, June 5 at 5 p.m. for a public hearing about a company, Ponderosa Properties, LLC, asking for a city tax abatement on properties it proposes to buy in the Ponderosa business park. • Approved a $6,250 agreement with Interpoll Laboratories for emission compliance testing for the public utilities.