Sherburn ups fee for ambulance, fire calls

SHERBURN — The Sherburn City Council this week discussed the city contribution to the Fire Department Relief Association.

The council approved increasing the ambulance and fire call fee by $50, which will boost revenue to the relief fund.

The council also approved contributing 6 percent of the net income of the fund to help pay relief association pensions. This amount cannot exceed $10,000. This has been funded by firefighters contributing some of the $18 per month fee they pay and the relief association. There were increases in retirement last year and the city’s contribution has been $0.

Fundraisers were discussed as a way to help, but they were to be used for needed firefighting equipment.

In other business, the council:

o Approved liquor licenses for the Sherburn Festival weekend for the Fire Department Relief Association and the Lions Club.

o Donated $200 to the Lions fund for entertainment expenses for the festival.

o Accepted with thanks the donation from the Lions Club to help pay for a toy excavator at the park.

o Approved donations to the CER softball and summer children’s theatre projects that were promised earlier in the year.

o Heard a report from city employees, who discussed the new lights being installed and the new banners to be hung. The banner reads “City of Sherburn” and has patriotic colors.

o Heard a report that the shelter house will be fixed before the festival weekend and Memorial Day events.

o Learned that the next meeting of the council will be 5 p.m. May 20 at City Hall.