The Spring Valley City Council members proved they are fast and efficient as they were able handle many details in a short amount of time during Sept. 23 meeting.

First on the agenda, the Spring Valley Area Ambulance Service (SVAA) asked the council to approve the adoption of the new standards according to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). These include new regulations for the HIPAA privacy rule and the HIPAA security rule. The council voted to approve the new policies.

The council then moved to approve the second quarter write-offs of uncollectible ambulance accounts.

Todd Jones approached the council in regard to the new emergency medical technician (EMT) hire. The council approved hiring Jane Hebrink, who previously worked for the SVAA in the early 1990s.

Spring Valley's new retreat, Glad Gathering, now has its loan approved by the council and the Spring Valley Economic Development Authority. The loan will be for $40,000 for 10 years at 3 percent interest with $10,000 pending a Small Cities Block Grant.

The council approved the Spring Valley Revolving Loan Fund guidelines, which were approved earlier this month by the EDA.

Dianne Sikkink addressed the council with an update on the Spring Valley Library. She expressed her excitement about the new Young Explorer computer that was received through a Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) grant. She thanked city administrator Deb Zimmer for her assistance in getting the grant and Zimmer's husband, Mike, for helping the library set the system up.

Sikkink explained that Marcia Stephen will be retiring after 30 years of service to the library. The library held an open house in her honor on Wednesday. Klarissa Schoppers will be filling the position of library assistant catalog.

City maintenance supervisor Chad Hindt explained that they planted trees and added a picnic table in North Park. They will be busy for the next couple of weeks working on street repairs, including manholes, catch basins and potholes.

Council member Bill Bires spoke on behalf of Parks and Recreation Director John Fenske. He reported the football and volleyball programs have begun and are going smoothly. They are hoping to begin winterizing the pool shortly with help from city maintenance and Public Utilities.

The council will be meeting for a special budget review meeting on Oct. 2 at 5:30 p.m.

The next regular council meeting will be held Oct. 14 at 6 p.m.