By Alli Bily
At last week’s Bovey City Council meeting, Fire Chief Aaron Moren talked to the council about adding personnel. The council indicated they would like to meet any applicant before a final decision is made.
Moren also reported that there are ongoing conversations about the possibility of merging with the Coleraine Fire Department. Recently, plans were unveiled for a joint emergency services facility, but at the last city council meeting, Bovey firefighters voiced concerns about the possible merger.
Following the news that Bovey firefighters weren’t in favor of a merger with Coleraine, some council members talked about whether the money could be used alternatively.
City Clerk Tara DeGuiseppi reported to the council that Chris Ismil of Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation said that $450,000 granted to the cities had to be used for a merged emergency services facility or the grant application would have to be resubmitted.
In other business, the council:
• Listened to a concern from Rose Stein about snow piles accumulating in residential property when the city plows. Mayor Mike Bibich said that the city repairs yard damage that occurs as a result, if residents make the city aware of the problem.
• Approved the minutes of the Feb. 19 regular council meeting.
• Listened to a status report from John Mattonen, city engineer. Mattonen noted that a Phase I environmental assessment has been completed on a brownfield site. The next step is a Phase II assessment.
• Approved the purchase of a John Deere mower in the amount of $10,865. The city’s street department had budgeted $11,000 for the purchase.
• Approved the purchase of Christmas lights for the city with a total cost not to exceed $3,000.
• Accepted a $200 donation from the Greenway Lions Club for the purchase of a cabinet for the city’s senior center.