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Ad hoc committee wants to be ones to hire consultant

The EMS ad hoc committee has requested to be appointed as the committee to interview and select a consultant to study St. Croix EMS.

Mayor Rich O'Connor will appoint the committee, with approval from the Hudson Common Council.

The idea to hire a consultant was first presented by the ad hoc committee to the council earlier this month. The council approved moving forward with the search for a consultant at its last meeting on Monday, July 23.

The request to be appointed came after discussions at the committee's Tuesday, July 24 meeting about whether the ad hoc committee should continue. Council and committee member Joyce Hall told the committee that O'Connor had brought up disbanding the committee now that a consultant is moving forward.

Committee member Paul Rode said it would make sense for the committee to go into a hibernation of sorts until the consultant's study is complete, but he said he did not want to just be done.

"Until I feel that the right people are in place and the staff, which I'm obligated to, I was assigned to, the staff is safe, comfortable and content, I have work to do," Rode said.

Committee Member Bill Campbell said he felt the committee should keep going at least until they can speak with the consultant.

"We've gathered lots of background knowledge," Campbell said.

Campbell asked if the committee could lead the interview process. A motion to do so was approved by all members with committee member John Tremble as a possible chair.

Hall also updated the committee on discussions she's had with Anne Carroll, a community engagement consultant and former St. Paul School Board member, about the upcoming study and potential community engagement.

Hall said Carroll's advice was for those involved to agree on the issue and the problem for the consultant.

Tremble said he wants to see a functional service that provides the care that's necessary in an economic fashion that also has long-term viability.

"So 10 years from now we're not having these discussions," Tremble said.

Webber said in his discussion with another community member the focus should be on good people, good service and appropriate cost.

Hall said Carroll also suggested having the EMS commission and each municipality board included in the process to have everyone's questions answered.

"We need to have all of our partners and their boards involved," Hall said.

St. Croix EMS partners are city of Hudson, Hudson, town of Hudson, village of North Hudson and town of Troy.

Hall said Carroll also advised it was not time for community engagement yet, and that would occur further down the line.

Rebecca Mariscal

Rebecca Mariscal joined the Hudson Star Observer as a reporter in 2016. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in communication and journalism. 

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