At the Feb. 8 meeting of the Coleraine City Council, Police Chief Lonnie Mjolsness reported January as being a busy month with 112 calls of various types including one Mjolsness described as “a kind of kidnapping.” In seven of those calls, the Trout Lake Fire Department responded. Overall, this constitutes an average of 3.6 dispatches per day. The city of Coleraine is also using extra man hours provided by the Toward Zero Deaths program. As the result of this program, the city receives state money to fund saturation patrols on weekends.
Councilors also discussed the possible police merger between the cities of Bovey and Coleraine. One possible difficulty in that merger is whether or not the police chief and officers should remain in the same union.
Mayor Jim Hagen volunteered to be the interim/de facto rental inspector if the need arises. Council members voted to send Mayor Hagen to the required class to be qualified as a rental inspector. This action is in response to the pending retirement of the current inspector, Stan Grunenwald.
In other business, the council:
• Voted to accept the consent agenda and the meeting agenda.
• Agreed to donate $200 to the prom.
• Discussed strategic locations for stop signs.
• Explored the virtues of a joint powers agreement.