Week of January 13, 2019

At our council meeting last week, we learned that our 2019 Fire contract with White Bear Lake was going up over $4000, which is about a twenty percent increase from last year.  We have always appreciated White Bear Lake's fire and emergency services and their professionalism.  We are told that the change in cost is a result of restructuring their personnel and creating an permanent on-call staff.
The unfortunate part is we were informed of the increase for this year well after the budgeting process locked us into the lower figure.  The council felt it would be appropriate to review our options to make sure we are getting the best service we can.  Please feel free to contact any of us on the council or leave a comment with our city administrator if you would like to be heard on this matter.  We look forward to hearing from you.