Rogers, Loretto to cover Corcoran in wake of Hamel termination

At a special meeting of the Corcoran City Council, staff heard from police chief Sean Gormley regarding the fire planning report.

The council also conducted a special meeting with the planning commission and park board to discuss future planning items.



Chief Gormley updated the council about the status of the Hamel Fire Contract after the city council voted Feb. 14 to terminate the Hamel contract.

Gormley said the Loretto Fire and Rescue Department would provide primary fire service for the current Hamel district that covers the southeast quadrant of the city. The city also contracts with three other departments: Hanover in the northwest, Rogers in the northeast and Loretto in the southwest.

Gormley also said the Rogers department would provide auto aid (start to priority fire calls) to Loretto, and that Maple Grove would continue its mutual aid agreement.

Reached later, city administrator Dan Donahue said the contract with Hamel ends May 19, and that the department would continue to serve southeast Corcoran until then.

He said the city has not specified any improvements for Hamel.

“The bottom line is we’re a customer, we have an independent service delivering per a contract, and the city council was saying they weren’t performing the contract,” Donahue said. “But we’re not telling them what they have to do.”



In other news, the council conducted a joint meeting with the planning commission and park board.

Administrator Donahue said the council wanted to make sure the planning and park members are updated about their role related to future development, such as the foundations of the city’s comprehensive plan (that guides the city’s growth and needs Metropolitan Council approval), the city code, rules and policies.

The council and staff also updated the planning and park members about numerous ongoing projects, such as: new public works facility (construction underway); number of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) proposals for transportation planning; purchase of properties for redevelopment; extending sewer and water lines; looking at other economic development opportunities using TIF; Three Rivers Park trail head; Maple Hills community center (upcoming construction); city administrator search (Donahue is retiring); potential for large housing development in city’s southeast corner; and Rockford School property redevelopment.

Donahue also said the meeting discussed a proposed street overlay project, with the highest priority being Trail Haven Road. He said a survey would be sent to residents who live along Trail Haven, and that a project could possibly take place this year.