The Rush City Council on Jan. 14 received a reminder that the community is a safe place to live thanks to efforts by the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office.
Noting three full-time deputies are assigned to Rush City, Sgt. Jason Foster provided a breakdown of the 3,540 incidents that he and fellow officers responded to throughout 2012. “It was a really busy year in Rush City,” he told the council in its first meeting of 2013.
Law enforcement responded to four residential burglaries and only one commercial burglary; such crime was way down from the year before, said Foster, noting officers really zeroed in on these incidents through investigative work.
Also down from 2011 were domestic incidents, as physical domestics totaled 15 and verbal cases numbered 21.
Authorities responded to various types of alarms including 51 commercial alarms in Rush City. Meantime, there were 20 assaults not in progress and five assaults in progress.
Officers spend a lot of time providing routine and requested checks at all times of day. Particularly at night, they follow through on many checks at businesses, the park and school grounds, Foster presented. Community policing at the high school and elementary school is another duty performed by law enforcement.
Thefts totaled 48 incidents, and there were 11 thefts from vehicles. Meanwhile, the 47 theft of gas incidents make one wonder about the rising fuel prices, Foster said.
On the road, there were six hit-and-run vehicle crashes, six personal injury crashes and 16 crashes that resulted in property damage only. Twenty-eight driving complaints and 56 parking complaints also were reported.
In addition, officers made 668 traffic stops. “We’ve been aggressively patrolling sidewalk crossings,” Foster stressed.
He noted deputies assisted EMS crews on 264 calls for medical assistance in Rush City. This reflects a slight increase over the year before.
Authorities also kept busy enforcing city ordinances, as there were 24 ordinance violations. They especially warned and cited residents who kept junked vehicles and those without valid tags on their property.
“We have to constantly keep on people with junked vehicles and unkept properties,” Foster told the council. “Nobody wants to live next to (them).”
In other news, the council:
• Acknowledged the annual Community Read will start with a Mayoral kick-off event at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the Rush City public library.
• Approved a resolution establishing procedures relating to compliance with reimbursement bond regulations. The regulation re-establishes the procedure that allows the city to pay itself back if any funds are spent before a bond is issued for a project or equipment.
• Set 2013 official designations and appointments. The ECM Post Review was chosen as the city’s official paper.
• Approved the city’s fee schedule for 2013, along with the city’s investment policy—as suggested by the Minnesota State Auditor and major bond rating agencies.
• Approved the low bid from Visu-Sewer, out of Blaine, for a sewer lining project along Eliot Avenue from 1st to 2nd Street.
• Approved the site use agreement between the Rush City Community Center and the Catholic Charities Senior Dining Program, which is based in St. Cloud.
• Approved the resignation of Brandon Hochstatter from the Rush City Fire Department. He resigned due to moving outside of the fire district.
• Agreed to inform the St. Croix River Education District that the city is not accepting responsibility for the sidewalk slope flaw that is in the right of way near the main entrance of SCRED’s new office facility at 425 Dana Ave. S. Councilors also discussed a “bump-out” plan to remedy the grade issue, which occurred during construction of the facility. SCRED, concerned that someone may get hurt because of the downward slope, has stated that it’s the city’s responsibility to fix it. In any event, city engineer Barry Peters said nothing will happen until spring, so there’s time for both sides to work it out.
On Dec. 26, the council:
• Thanked Mayor Nancy Schroeder for her years of service on the council. Attending her last meeting as mayor, Schroeder was presented a special plaque by City Administrator Amy Mell.
• Approved the water tower maintenance agreement with SEH.
• Approved the ambulance license transfer agreement with Lakes Region EMS.
• Adopted delinquent water and sewer assessments and delinquent city service assessments, which will be submitted to the county auditor.