"We're more than happy to step in," Scott Springer, of Springer and Gumbel Law Offices, told the Spring Valley City Council during its May 28 meeting.

Earlier, city administrator Deb Zimmer had announced Kelly Wagner would be stepping down from her position as city attorney after five years of service. She has taken a position with the City of Rochester while the law office she worked out of is also closing its Spring Valley branch.

Springer, along with Jennifer Gumbel and Matthew Kirkpatrick have offices in Preston and Chatfield, as well as their Spring Valley office located next to Sheldon Plumbing and Heating.

Between the three, there is plenty of experience as they are also the city attorneys for Lewiston and Gumbel is currently serving as the mayor of LeRoy.

The group will be taking over duties immediately.

Donation to SVAAS

The council moved to approve a donation to the Spring Valley Area Ambulance Service from the Spring Valley Area Ambulance Association.

The association has raised funds with various events including its spring mailer and pancake breakfast along with a grant it obtained from Southeast Minnesota EMS for $2,000.

With the monies raised, the association purchased a Lucas II automatic chest compressor, worth $14,218.50, to enhance the ability of the emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to provide better and more effective CPR.

Other business

• The council updated the job requirements for the city's maintenance superintendent, Chad Hindt, as he is now required to handle more safety training for his staff. The council approved the resulting pay grade increase for the position.

• Zimmer asked the council to review the job description for the ambulance director position, as it currently entails director, emergency management, and safety duties, which may make the position harder to fill.

• Family Fun Night will be combined with the Music in the Park kick-off event on June 8. The council approved street closures on Washington Ave from Church Street to Main Street for the festivities. (See related article)

•The council then closed the meeting to discuss the possible purchase of the former Spring Valley Ponds (trout farm). According to Zimmer, at this time the council will not be moving forward with the purchase of the property.

The next council meeting will be held on June 9 at 6 p.m.