Annual meeting with area townships at firehall Feb. 24

The annual opportunity for area township and city officials to meet with Pelican Rapids volunteer firefighters is Feb. 24, 7 p.m.

Each year, Pelican Fire chief Trevor Steeves invites township officials to the fire hall.  The session is an opportunity to review the fire department budget and equipment purchases.

The fire department provides fire protection services to nine area townships, and two cities.  

Contract fees to the areas are based on a formula of property, population and building values, plus the number of fire calls to that specific jurisdiction.  Pelican city had the most fire calls over a two year period, with 16. Dunn Township was second in calls during the same period, with 9 calls.

Property and land values within the Pelican FD coverage area offer a snapshot of the lakes area, and the city of Pelican–with its industrial and residential base. 

Dunn Township, total land and building value, from which the fire formula is calculated: $710.5 million

Lida Township, total land/building value: $329.9 million 

Scambler Township, total land/building:   $227.7 million

Pelican Rapids City: total land/building: $131.9 million

Norwegian Grove Twsp.: $79.9 million 

Maplewood Twsp.: $85.7 million

Erhards Grove Twsp.: $72.1 million 

The fire department will outline a number of items at the Feb. 24 informal gathering: 

– Update on the tanker / pumper

– Air Bus 

– Old Tanker II truck, which sold for $12,000

– Equipment for new tanker rig

– Minnesota training $1,932

– West Central EMC $300  pagers 

– DNR 50/50 match –  $3,300

Twsp. or city population 

Dunn  Township ….. 907

City of Erhard ….. 146

Pelican Rapids ….. 2,525

Erhard Grove ….. 440

Lida  Township ….. 758

Maplewood Twsp ….. 314

Norwegian Grove ….. 284

Pelican Township ….. 628

Scambler Twsp. ….. 468      

Tansem  Twsp. ….. 130

Trondjhem Twsp. ….. 28