2/14/2020 10:30:00 AM Center City Council meets shorthanded, gets crime stats
The organizer for Chisago Lakes/Beyond the Yellow Ribbon gave an update to the Center City Council at the regular meeting last week, minus members Lloyd Vetter and Madonna Higgins. Beyond the Yellow Ribbon became an official organization, under the parent umbrella, last May and has been busy building its military family services and roster of volunteers, said organizaer Cory Boogaard. He explained that when contacted by a serviceperson or a veteran or family, the first thing checked is if there’s a program through the county social services/veterans’ office that would be useful or provide needed help. The Beyond the yellow Ribbon mission is to do the things that aren’t readily accessible. The group adopted families for the holidays, and cleaned summer storm damage, installed donated handicap access ramps, things like that, he said.
The council was reminded the Brews for Troops fundraiser at Uncommon Loon is the first weekend in April.
City Council member Jill Behnke is the current chair of the Chisago Lakes group and the city council mentioned it is aware through her reports, of activities Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is involved in.
Boogaard said the county Veterans Services Officer Bryan Brown is working on starting a second morning monthly coffee session for veterans tentatively located in Zion Church, Chisago City. (The county veterans’ service officer now meets in North Branch for coffee with veterans once a month at the Legion Post.)
Center City fire department was represented by Jim Marxer, who told council old air tanks that are on the verge of hitting an expiration under OSHA rules, have been donated to an organization that recycles fire fighting equipment to needy third world nations. (Story in Press January 30.)
On a related note, County Commissioner Chris DuBose, representing Chisago Lakes Rotary, attended the meeting with an update on the Celebration of Lakes events and he mentioned that Rotary has earmarked a donation to help ship the donated equipment.
The City of Lindstrom provided neighboring governments with maps of where an “extra-territorial review” district is being imposed. Lindstrom is using a state law that allows cities to identify up to a two mile-wide strip surrounding the city as a special area with land uses under review by the city, county and township. Lindstrom also adopted a moratorium on the mapped area for nine months (until August.)
Center City is being asked to comment.
Mayor Mark Wolcott said he’d like to see fire service territory boundaries adhered to. He added that because council was missing two members, the discussion should wait. The fire department also needs to look at the “extra territorial review” map and provide feedback. If development should come into an established fire service district one concern is whether the designated department for that land area has the capacity or suitable road access to respond.
The city’s official comment on the extra-territorialreview was set aside until the March city council meeting.
And, council accepted a report submitted by the sheriff on crime statistics for contracted hours of patrol for 2019. Data from 2017 and 2018 were included for comparisons. While the call numbers have increased, they are not growing in crime severity. The most deputy response in 2019 involved parking complaints (18 calls), traffic accidents(35), and medical calls (44), which are somewhat skewed with Hazelden treatment facility in Center City.
Simple assault, disorderly and animal complaints stayed about the same from 2018 to 2019. Calls due to narcotics offenses were down drastically, from 61 in 2018 to seven in 2019. Thefts and burglaries were also way down in 2019 (for 2018 12 versus nine thefts and one versus three burglaries in 2018.)
Deputy Kyle Jones, is now stationed in the south end cities that have contracts, the sheriff announced. Jones started about a year ago-- and has been with the St Peter and St James Police departments.
March’s city council meeting was shifted to Wednesday March 4 because March 3 is Primary Day.