The St. Michael City Council heard that the fire department received its new fire rescue engine.
The council also approved a letter of support for including Interstate 94 expansion in the department of transportation’s Corridors of Commerce program and took action on other issues.
Fire chief Steve Hosch was present to show Mayor Jerry Zachman and councilors Nadine Schoen, Chris Schumm, Joe Marx and Kevin Kasel the new fire engine, which they later toured.
Hosch said the truck is not in service yet and that the firefighters would need to transfer all the equipment and supplies from the old truck to the new one.
The subject then turned to the old truck being replaced. Hosch said once it’s stripped down, there would not be much value selling it as a rescue truck.
City administrator Steve Bot thus said the school district expressed interest in replacing its old delivery truck. He said staff proposed trading the old truck to the school in exchange for the district maintaining the terrazzo floor in the City Center corridor a total of four times. The district would also pay any taxes or title transfer fees.
The council unanimously approved the trade. Hosch thanked the council and said the new truck was very much needed and appreciated. The council in turn thanked the fire department for its work and community service.
Bot reminded the council that if local government aid is received as anticipated in 2014, $100,000 would be used toward purchasing the new truck.
I-94 COALITION LETTER
In other news, the council was provided with a draft letter in support of including the I-94 expansion project as part of the Corridors of Commerce program.
Administrator Bot said the projects awarded by the program would be announced in November. Councilor Kasel said it has been a great group effort and commended Bot for his leadership in moving the project forward.
The council then authorized sending a letter in support of including the I-94 Expansion Project as part of the Corridors for Commerce program.
In other action, the council:
HEARD from resident Eric Boone who opposes the River Rider community transportation program as being “subsidized taxi service.” Councilor Kasel said the city received several requests for support, and councilor Marx noted that demographics have changed, such as the new senior center, and that more people would use the service. Administrator Bot said if there is enough ridership, the service would be of no cost to the city.
APPROVED the site plan for Progressive Building Systems to expand its existing building.