Osseo FD targets $260,000 in grants

BY ALICIA MILLER

alicia.miller@ecm-inc.com

The Osseo City Council heard about two grants the Fire Department was considering.

In a related matter, the council considered paying for a fire department shared services study.

A new planning intern was hired as well during the meeting.

Here are some of the Monday, July 9, meeting highlights.

FIRE DEPARTMENT

GRANTS

The council heard about two grants the Fire Department is proposing. The grants would be through FEMA/Assistance to Firefighters (AFG).

City Administrator Douglas Reeder said the primary goal of AFG is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of the fire departments and non-affiliated emergency medical service organizations.

He said the Osseo Fire Department would like to submit grant applications in two different areas of AFG. One would be for a new pumper truck. The current pumper truck is 24 years old. The second grant would be used for training (operations and safety).

The total of the two grants is $260,000. This grant money would pay for most of the truck.

The council approved the Fire Department’s submission of grant requests to FEMA/AFG.

SHARED FIRE

SERVICES STUDY

In another fire-related item, the council considered paying for a portion of a fire department shared services study.

Reeder said the city of Brooklyn Park initiated the proposal with eight cities – Brooklyn Park, Osseo, Maple Grove, Champlin, Plymouth, West Metro, Brooklyn Center and Robbinsdale – to hire a consulting firm to determine if there are additional shared fire services that would benefit all of the cities with better service and in cost savings. Champlin has since declined to participate in the study.

Five proposals were received ranging in cost from $120,000 to $37,500. Brooklyn Park decided to use a proposal at a cost of $49,634.

Osseo’s portion of the costs would be $1,000, with Brooklyn Park covering most of the costs ($35,000). The $1,000 would be paid for out of the General Fund.

Reeder said the advantage of being a part of the study was it would analyze all the data available about fire response in detail in every city individually.

Councilor Rick Weber asked, "When will the study’s results be completed?"

Reeder said the study was a four-month study.

The council unanimously voted to approve the city participating in the fire department shared services study at a cost of $1,000.

PLANNING INTERN

The council also unanimously approved the internship employment of Riley Grams as Planning Intern at a salary of $12 per hour, 40 hours a week with no benefits effective July 10.

Back on June 25, the Council entered into an employment agreement with Administrator Reeder, which included a condition that the city would hire a planning intern to help with the work load in city hall because Reeder is a part-time employee.

The city ended up receiving 46 applications for the Planning Intern. The top three candidates were interviewed June 27 by the Humane Resources Council Committee, City Administrator and Deputy Clerk. The group’s consensus was Grams was the best candidate.

Staff said this position was not included in the 2012 budget, but the funds were available from the allocated funds for a full-time city administrator.

OTHER

In other action, the council:

APPROVED the pay request No. 1 to S.R. Weidema, Inc. for $15,639 for the 2012 Street Project.

EXTENDED the time period until Aug. 1 for the Mary Patrice (Celtic Crossing) developer to cure the default.

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