The Montevideo City Council on Monday night heard feedback from local business owner Kevin Wald about the proposed purchase of the old Coborn’s building by the Chippewa County Montevideo Hospital. Wald expressed concerns that the organization’s proposed expansion into daycare, fitness, and mental health services could hurt local competitors in the private sector.

CEO Brian Lovdahl then addressed the council, asserting that the expansion would be good for the local economy and that need for all of the aforementioned services was great enough to support both public and private options.

The discussion will continue Tuesday night at a special joint session of the Montevideo City Council and Chippewa County Board of Commissioners at 6pm in the EMS Training Center.

In other news, the application period closes today for the Montevideo City Manager job posting. Interim City Manager Rich Almich stated on Monday night that 17 applications had been received so far. He expected that number to grow throughout the day on Tuesday, and said anything over 20 is good in this market. Finalists will be selected in early May. The goal is to have a new city manager in place by July 1.