RC backs new contract with sheriff’s office

The Rush City Council on May 13 approved a new agreement for law enforcement services over the next two years with the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office.

While the new contract rate reflects a 4.6 percent compensatory increase over the previous contract, councilors agreed that going from $49.97 per hour to $52.28 is reasonable for the police coverage the city has been receiving. Otherwise, the agreement is based on the same hours — an average of 120 hours per week each year — and rental agreement — for office space at City Hall — that was set for 2012-13.

Councilor Michael Louzek said the sheriff’s office has been a “godsend” compared to his days on the council when the city had its own police department.

This was good news to Deputy Jason Foster who informed the council that Rush City has never been safer with regular patrols keeping the streets safe from speeders to drunk drivers to drug activity.

“We here at the sheriff’s office value our contract cities and take pride in providing services to the city of Rush City,” Sheriff Rick Duncan said in a letter to the city.

The Chisago County Sheriff’s Office has contracted to provide law enforcement services to the cities of Center City, Harris, Rush City, Shafer, Stacy and Taylors Falls. Services include patrol with random patrolling of residential areas, businesses, parks and other public areas; traffic enforcement with the use of speed detection devices and speed deterrent activities; criminal investigative and crime lab services; jail detention; responses to medical, fire and other emergencies; and more.


Assisted living update

Rush City is still looking at the possibility of an assisted living facility, complete with a memory care center, as a company called Viewpoint Consulting Group has been contracted to conduct an initial assessment in figuring out the demand for additional senior housing units in Rush City.

Meanwhile, the developer the city is working with has provided draft plans for the facility, and a local committee has already toured two facilities that are to similar to what could end up being built in Rush City

As for the financing, it has yet to be ironed out whether the city will help finance the facility for the first few years or if it will be entirely private.

More discussion and updates are expected in council meetings to come.


Upcoming meeting, events

Councilors rescheduled the next council meeting for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day.

The Rush City Chamber of Commerce Liquor and Laughter event is set for May 17 at Bulrush Golf Club.

Rush City Clean-up Day is May 18, from 8-10:30 a.m., at the Public Works garage.

The Rush City Regional Airport Fly-in and Drive-in is Sunday, June 9.

The Chamber’s Crazy Golf Tournament, a fundraiser for the Rush City Music and Art Festival, is scheduled for June 21 at Bulrush.

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