The Amery City Council
met in regular session yesterday and approved a recommendation by the Amery
Economic Development Corporation for the Certified Gold Shovel Site program for
Amery Industrial properties. The cost set at $2,000.00 plus $500 per property,
which Administrator Darcy Long noted there was money in TIF districts #5 and #7
to cover said cost.
Members of the Amery
Fire Department made a presentation to urge consideration of an airboat for the
department. The presentation noted the current situation for water rescue as
aluminum jon boat and an inflatable Zodiac boat, along with about 600 feet of
As the presentation went
on, it was learned the department covers eight lakes comprising about 2500
acres and is not really equipped for what it has been and may be called on to
The department got two
quotes; each for an 18 foot boat with a windshield and a 750 horsepower motor
and a trailer. The quotes were for $97,400.00 and $88,000.00 respectively, and
two days of training for two men is included in the price.
Long noted that budget
works starts shortly, and consideration will be included in the budget plan.
The department said it has talked to some of the towns included and found
favorable response, despite the cost.
At the opening of the
meeting, Polk County Sheriff Pete Johnson made a presentation to Amery
Assistant Police Chief Joe Vierkandt for his role in talking down an individual
wanting to commit suicide in August a year ago.
Johnson noted Vierkandt
remained very calm and eventually talked the individual into giving up his gun,
and thereby saving what could have been a very bad situation.
accepted the Award of Merit from the Sheriff, to a big round of applause from
those in attendance.