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No decision yet on St. Croix EMS contract

The town of Hudson's desire to leave its St. Croix EMS contract early is still under discussion, as the city of Hudson voted Monday to have its attorney draft a letter to the town's attorney.

The content of the letter was not discussed in open session.

Council Member Bill Alms said he was not able to answer questions about the content during the EMS Commission meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

All three of the city's EMS partners — town of Hudson, village of North Hudson and town of Troy — have sent letters of nonrenewal to the city to end the rolling contract for services in 2022.

The town of Hudson has requested to leave the service at the end of the year, as it is moving forward with a letter of intent for service with Lakeview EMS.

"It would seem to me to be better to cut ties and move forward, for both parties," town of Hudson Supervisor Tim Foster said.

The village of North Hudson also requested to be let out of the contract in 2018 if possible, though Village President Stan Wekkin said the board would have to vote on it.

Town of Troy Supervisor Suzanne Van Mele said she was disappointed the commission did not have the city's decision on town of Hudson's withdrawal, as it may affect town of Troy's actions.

Currently Troy has voted to end the rolling contract in 2022, and no other decision has been made, Van Mele said.

"It would appear to me, if you're going to let one out, you would be willing to let all three out," she said.

Both Van Mele and Wekkin said the town and village would be a part of the city's upcoming request for proposals to contract all or part of the service.

"If Hudson EMS or the RFP comes out with a proposal that is quality of service, affordable, you know, we'll be happy to stay," Wekkin said.

With town of Hudson moving to Lakeview's service, Foster said it would not be part of the request.

Foster also moved to appoint Alms as the commission's new chair, a motion that was approved unanimously.

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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