Troy park rangers on the jobAfter months of planning and discussion, the Town of Troy has made the transition from town constables to park rangers.
By: By Chris Hamble, Hudson Star-Observer
After months of planning and discussion, the Town of Troy has made the transition from town constables to park rangers. With the retirement of Mel Hermansen, who provided the reports to the board on a monthly basis, the town has hired Ron Roen to fill the vacancy, and continued his duties by providing the monthly park ranger report at the Town of Troy Board meeting Thursday, April 14.
“There is more action out at Glover Park recently,” said Roen. “But the boat launch has been slow, mainly due to the high water level.”
In addition to providing a brief report on activity at town locales, Roen also provided input to the board for plans to outfit the park rangers. While a full uniform was discussed, it was found to be rather expensive to outfit the rangers. However, Roen, the park board, and the town board, agreed that some sort of identifying outfit is necessary, and have come to the conclusion that, for the time being, the park rangers will be outfitted with wind-breakers. The jackets would provide uniformity, and could make the rangers easily identifiable.
St. Croix County Emergency Management Coordinator Kristen Sailer attended the meeting to provide input and feedback regarding the town’s emergency operations plan.
“The Town of Troy has one of the most extensive emergency plans in the county,” said Sailer, “I applaud you for taking the initiative.”
Sailer also had a list of suggestions to add to the plan to help flush it out, and should the worst occur, help things go as smoothly as possible. The list of additions includes, but is not limited to:
In addition, Sailer suggested that board members take the county’s “incident command system training” class. The class is a two- to four-hour class that is intended for city officials to help them respond faster and more efficiently after a disaster occurs. Supervisor Jan Cuccia has volunteered to work with Sailer to update the town’s plan, and to get more feedback from the board and management services.
College student Bridget Call appealed to the board to have them rescind the $700 fire-call charge accrued during an accident last December. Call argued that she did not call for the fire department specifically when she called 911 after the accident, and while she was taken to the hospital after the crash, there was no intent on having the fire department respond.
The case was also recently dismissed in court as it was found that Call was not at fault for the accident. After discussing with their insurance company, which denied the claim to pay for the fire call, Call’s mother paid the town a $200 advance, which Call also hoped to get back. After discussion, the board decided not to refund the $200 that has already been paid, but to forgive the remaining $500.