GOOSE LAKE — The city of Goose Lake has received a $2,000 grant from Mercy Healthcare Foundation/Mercy Medical Center–Clinton for the training of emergency medical technicians, council members learned at their Oct. 19 meeting.

Fire Chief Kevin Cain attended the council meeting to urge support for trying to find volunteers to take the training. Cost of the classes is about $800, a foundation spokesperson said.

While there are several nurses in town, none are certified as EMTs.

The need for the emergency medical personnel was an issue discussed when the council held a recent disaster preparedness work session.

Cain also told the council the fire department recently received a “like new” truck that will be used to replace an aged tanker.

The 1992 Ford was a military vehicle from Arizona with 6,700 miles on the odometer. It became available to Goose Lake through the Iowa Department of Transportation. Cain said he hopes to have it ready for use (painted, new tires, insurance, etc.) for about $5,000.

The city does not have to pay anything for the vehicle and will not own it, he explained. When Goose Lake is done using it, it must be returned to the military.

The council members approved a suggestion by Kim Point for them to sponsor a Christmas lighting contest this year.

“We did it when I was a little kid,” she said. “We could serve cookies and hot chocolate” after the judging on Dec. 10. The council agreed to provide prizes of $25, $15 and $10.

Brian Stoecker was the only bidder for snow removal from the streets and was granted the contract for $60 per hour and $110 each time for sanding.

Cara Soenksen was given the job of shoveling snow at the park and Sarah and Tyler Schoon were granted the job of snow removal at the water tower and new well for a total of $20 each time.

Tom Heiar was given the job of putting up the Christmas street lights.

Brian and Suzie Hoffman were granted a building permit for a storage shed.

Council members expressed appreciation for Eagle Scout project recently completed by Logan Near. The Northeast student did landscaping at the flag pole in the park and at City Hall and painted the restrooms at the park.

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