3/4/2014 11:57:00 AM Hayfield City Council
Sheriff Jensen answers council's questions
By Tara Lindquist
Sheriff Jim Jensen attended the Hayfield City Council meeting on February 18, to answer the council's questions that were brought up during last month's council meeting.
Jensen was asked: why he has not been attending council meetings "like he promised to do when he was campaigning" especially when they approved the contract, if he and Paul had come to a resolution, and how calls get answered during the day.
Jensen explained to the council that he teaches classes on Monday nights and is not able to attend council meetings and his administrative staff has refused to attend the meetings.
"I don't know when the council approved the contracts, if you want me here for that then you'll have to invite me, so I know," he explained.
Jensen also talked about his conflict with Fire Chief Paul O'Brien regarding a fire scene that they both were at. "We are researching statutes to see who is in charge of the road in front of a fire scene," he explained.
Mayor Greg Demmer asked Jensen to get the issue resolved. "We don't need the fire department and sheriff's office staff arguing when someone's house is on fire," Demmer said. Jensen said he still believes that the sheriff's department has control of the roadway in front of the fire and he will be working with City Attorney Rod Peterson to come up with a statute either way to get the matter resolved.
Councilman Anthony Reese asked Jensen about the running of the sheriff's department. Jensen said that he let a member of the staff go and he is aware that it has been an unpopular decision but that he stands behind it.
Jensen asked if any of the council members have received complaints over how the deputies were doing their jobs as a result of the decisions that he has made. The council said no they have not.
Bill Trygstad of ZRT also approached the council during their meeting to present a price quote for redoing the city sidewalks and light poles on Main Street. Trygstad gave the council an estimate of $150,359 for sidewalk replacement, $86,675 for light replacement, $42,600 for engineering costs, $23,766 for contingency costs. The total price tag for the project would be $303,400. The council took no action on the estimate.
Other items on the agenda included the payment of the bills and discussion of a contracting with a waster water treatment plant operator that has a Class B license. Jessica Schleck was on the agenda for the meeting but was unable to make it.
The next Hayfield city council meeting will be Monday, March 17 at 7 p.m.
Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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So Jensen has been teaching classes on Monday nights for the past 3 years? What classes is he teaching? And his administrative staff has refused to attend the meetings...is this something that can be supported with facts, because this sounds like a load of crap! Where is his administrative staff by the way? I'd like to ask this 'staff' what they think about this accusation! Sounds like a very poor explanation to a question that demands a little more serious response!! How did this guy get voted in as Sheriff anyways? O wait...I remember..the other guy got voted out....
I'd look into this a little more if I were reporting this story..sounds like the Sheriff's is telling a night-time story to try and get everyone to fall asleep and stop asking questions...