On Tuesday, the Redwood Falls City Council approved a proposal to conduct a search for a new Redwood Area Hospital CEO.
The search will be led by Witt/Keiffer, an Illinois-based firm that specializes in helping healthcare, higher education, and non-profits with hiring.
Witt/Kieffer will start the process by doing an on-site examination of the hospital’s needs.
The accessment will include interviews with the Search Committee, Hospital Commission, City Council, and key executive staff, medical staff leaders, and community leaders.
The firm already has much experience with helping Minnesota-based hospitals find new CEOs, including those of Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, and Regina Medical Center in Hastings.
A statement from Witt/Keiffer said the search for the new Chief Executive Officer is expected to take approximately four to six months from the beginning of the process through the selection of and completed negotiations with the finalist candidate.
In other city news, the council:
• Approved an agreement with the Minnesota Historical Society governing use of a historic site, specifically the swayback bridge in Ramsey Park.
The agreement basically says that in exchange for $32,000 in grant money to repair the bridge, the city won’t make any design changes that alter the basic look of the Great Depression-era bridge.
Currently the bridge is part of a county road, and repairing the bridge is primarily the county’s responsibility.
However, City Administrator Keith Muetzel told the council the historical society asked the city to sign the agreement since there is a chance the city could end up owning the bridge if the county road is turned over to the city.
• Heard a presentation from the county about the proposed upcoming improvements to the law enforcement center, which the city will lease part of for police department headquarters.
• Approved a rezoning request from Rick Thielen, who bought a piece of residential property at 229 W. 11th St, across the street from his bus garage.
Thielen said his plan is to level the house and keep the land available in case he wishes to expand his operations in the future.
• Approved the annual trade-in of a loader backhoe and two skid steers to Weltsch Equipment, for a total of $8,000.
• Approved a $7,595 proposal from M. R. Paving and Excavating of New Ulm to correct the surface drainage problem at the Redwood Area Hospital’s parking lot.