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Canton accepts new sheriff’s contract


Mon, Nov 23rd, 2015
Posted in Canton Government

By Liz Giese

The increase in cost of the new contract with the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office was discussed at the regular meeting of the Canton City Council on November 11.

Sheriff Tom Kaase was present at the meeting to explain to the council why the contract cost would be increasing. He shared that he has been reviewing all of the contracts the sheriff’s office has with local cities and found that Canton’s contract needed updating.

Sheriff Kaase stated that Canton’s contract is modeled after Wykoff. He looked at services provided and number of deputy hours in each town to make sure they were comparable and came up with $24,000 per year as an amount that would be equitable with what Wykoff pays.

He pointed out that the population of Wykoff is higher, but there are more calls for service in Canton. For the year of 2015, up to the date of the meeting, there had been 99 calls for service in Canton. This does not include the other times deputies are in town for regular patrols. Over the same period of time, there were 91 calls for service in Wykoff, with 12 of those being for DARE at the school, making the number of comparable calls only 79. As of the 2010 census the population of Wykoff was 444 and the population of Canton was 346.

Mayor Donivee Johnson asked about the nature of the calls in Canton. The Sheriff was able to list the types of calls over the last year, which ranged from funeral escort and 911 hang-ups to disorderly conduct and damage to property.

Sheriff Kaase concluded, stating that even with the increased cost, he believes the city is getting a good deal for the services provided. He added that wages and benefits for a deputy cost more than the contract, not to mention the additional expenses the sheriff’s office covers, such as training, vehicle, equipment, and transportation costs.

Councilor Charlie Warner asked how long it had been since the last increase. Kaase thought the last contract had been signed in 2008, when the rate was set at $15 per hour, and that it had been raised to $16 per hour a year or two ago following a discussion with Sheriff Jensen. Based on service call records from previous years, the new contract is estimated to break down to $32.08 per hour.

Mayor Johnson remarked that the contract was non-negotiable, but it was nice to know why it was changing so much. Sheriff Kaase acknowledged that th .....
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Canton discusses stray cats

Mon, Oct 26th, 2015
Posted in Canton Government

The issue of stray cats was brought up for discussion at the regular meeting of the Canton City Council on October 14. Councilor Charlie Warner raised the issue of stray cats in town. He recently found four kittens near his home and while he provi ..... 
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Canton reviews proposed budget

Mon, Sep 14th, 2015
Posted in Canton Government

The proposed budget for 2016 was reviewed at the regular meeting of the Canton City Council on September 9. Canton’s current 2016 Projected Tax Levy shows an 8% increase, which is expected to go down as the end of the year approaches and more ..... 
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Canton asks for cleaner streets

Mon, Aug 24th, 2015
Posted in Canton Government

Following recent street repairs, the Canton City Council addressed concerns of horse droppings on city streets at their regular meeting on August 12. Street repairs were recently completed in Canton and the council agreed that they are satisfied a ..... 
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Street repairs in Canton

Mon, Jul 20th, 2015
Posted in Canton Government

Plans were made for street repairs at the regular meeting of the Canton City Council on July 8. Jon Nordsving, city maintenance employee, had gotten a quote for repairing many of the streets in Canton. The estimate was $26,500 for about 60% of ..... 
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New water meters for Canton

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Canton Government

New water meters were on the agenda at the regular meeting of the Canton City Council on June 10. The council has previously discussed the need for new meters as the type currently in use are no longer being made and cannot be repaired since parts ..... 
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Sheriff Kaase visits Canton

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Canton Government

Fillmore County Sheriff Tom Kaase introduced himself at the beginning of the regular meeting of the Canton City Council on May 13. After sharing a bit about his background, Sheriff Kaase discussed his plans for the future stating, “I don’t f ..... 
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Fire Department looking for more space in Canton

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Canton Government

Fire Chief Randy Gossman was present at the regular meeting of the Canton City Council on April 8 to ask about the possibility of expanding the Fire Department. Gossman stated that the Canton Fire Department is very tight on space and they going t ..... 
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Canton supports state funding for city streets

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Canton Government

A resolution supporting state funding for streets in cities with population under 5,000 was approved at the regular meeting of the Canton City Council on March 11. Minnesota has over 141,000 miles of roadway and 13% of those, over 19,000 miles, ar ..... 
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