ST. JOHN | The Town Council spent its first meeting of 2014 getting its house in order.
Without opposition, Councilman Mike Forbes, R-at large, will continue as council president and Councilman Larry Bustamente, R-1st, as vice president.
Turning to public safety matters, the town renewed its fire protection contract with St. John Township. The township will continue to pay St. John $57,139 annually for fire protection in unincorporated areas.
Council members indicated they would have entertained an increase in the fee, but St. John Township Trustee Jean Shepherd had communicated to the town there were no additional funds available.
In a related action, the council approved the St. John Fire Volunteer Fire Department roster, which now stands at 43 members, including 9 full-time personnel. However, the town had to write off more than $75,000 in ambulance bills, as they were deemed uncollectable.
Town Manager Steve Kil noted that St. John had a “great year” in terms of development, as the town issued 204 permits for resident construction.
Also great, Kil said, were the snow removal efforts of Public Works employees during the recent snowstorm.
“Police and fire, too — they were all out there,” Forbes added.