Just like most towns in Minnesota the bulk of taxpayer pounds made use of to fork out for standard fund bills are for community security. To me public security is outlined as the law enforcement office, the fire department and the avenue division.

We are fortunate in Elk River to have exceptional men and women doing the job in all 3 of these departments. I would match our police division from any in the point out. The stage of professionalism and devotion demonstrated by our officers is next to none.

Our fireplace section is also prime notch. While numerous other departments are having difficulties to find on-simply call firefighters, we get a lot more to use than we need to have every time we set out the phone. It can take a particular individual to be a firefighter. Fortunately we have a whole lot of these men and women in Elk River.

The avenue section does an outstanding job for our citizens. When they may not get every single highway plowed as quickly as we all would like, they do an outstanding position with the manpower and machines they have. I believe our streets are incredibly properly preserved.

We are in the approach of earning additions to the general public protection location. At this time below construction is an addition to the police station and to Fireplace Station #2. It will make out the 2nd flooring of the police section and add to the police garage as effectively as introducing a couple of bays to the fireplace station.

Coming in the spring will be a new fire station around Twin Lakes Elementary School in the japanese conclusion of Elk River. The City Council felt it was extremely essential to get this new station constructed prior to the Highway 169 transform challenge. The eastern aspect of town has grown considerably in excess of the past decade, and the closest fireplace station is numerous miles away. This new station will provide a lot far better response occasions to region inhabitants and need to aid with their home-owner insurance policy costs.

The city is getting bonds to pay back for these projects. Approximated overall costs for the full challenge are in the $12 million to $14 million assortment. The very first stage of the task arrived in pretty a little bit reduce than anticipated. We are hoping for that very same type of bidding climate for Hearth Station #3.

This expenditure will naturally influence the metropolis taxes that we all pay out. The council is accomplishing all it can to lower any raise.

I think it is section of my duty to make guaranteed the metropolis does what is necessary to assure each and every citizen that they live in a local community that puts a premium on public safety. It is and always will be a extremely significant priority merchandise. —Elk River Mayor John Dietz