Glenwood City Fire and Ambulance budgets set

The 2018 budget for the Glenwood City ambulance and fire department was set at the annual meeting last month. Mayor John Larson supplied the following information about the budget.

[emember_protected] Julie Lee presented the proposed 2018 budget for the ambulance service, which showed an increase of $4,007 over the current budget of $179,902. This resulted in the per capita standby charge being increased by $1.16 to $24.81.

The primary reason for the increase in the budget is the need to replace the radios to conform to St. Croix County Dispatch’s new system. Lee also reported that the Ambulance Service had just received a $40,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation. The grant was used to purchase a new power lift cot.

Attending the meeting were Fire Chief  Greg Holden, Bill Koosmann and Duane Schreiber, who were representing the fire department. Julie Lee and Charl  Draxler, represented the ambulance service. Also attending were Henry Hurtgen from the Town of Emerald, Todd Ostberg from the Town of Forest, Mayor Larson for the City of Glenwood City and Holden, who represented the Village of Downing. Other municipalities that are served by the two services, but were not represented at the meeting include the Towns of Glenwood, Springfield and Tiffany.

Chief Holden presented the proposed budget for the fire department of $101,909, which is an increase of $9,000 over the present year budget. The increase is due to the need to replace several sets of turnout gear for the firefighters and because of the new radios to match the new systems installed by St. Croix County.

Standby charges to support the ambulance are $29,373 from the City of Glenwood City; $12,629 from the Town of Emerald; $3,689 from the Town of Forest; $18,636 from the Town of Glenwood; $11,068 from the Town of Springfield and $6,267 from the Village of Downing.

Standby charges to support the fire department include $16,867 from the City of Glenwood City; $15,494 from the Town of Glenwood; $8,967 from the Town of Emerald; $2,590 from the Town of Forest; $13,193 from the Town of Springfield; $3,274 from the Town of Tiffany and $2,907 from the Village of Downing.

Following the meeting the group toured the facility and viewed the new Ambulance and the Fire Department’s new tank truck. [/emember_protected]