Newly elected Grant City Council Member Dennis Kaup is going through the motions. Dennis is continuing to
second hand almost every motion of Mayor Jeff Huber and City Councilman Tom Carr. According to fellow
city councilman, Larry Lanoux, "Denny has not come up with one original idea for the citizens of Grant."
At this last April City Council Meeting Councilman Kaup went along with Huber and Carr to deny any discussion
of the current fire protection agreement contracts. The city is currently contracted with the City of Mahtomedi's
Fire Department for protection west of Kimbro Avenue. The City of Stillwater's Fire Department covers
east of Kimbro Avenue. A motion by Councilman Lanoux to pull this item off of the consent agenda for discussion
was flat out denied by Kaup. Kaup had no reasoning, just going through the motions and fulfilling a strong hold
agenda put in place by Huber and Carr.
In 2015, the Stillwater Fire Department opened a new state of the art fire station off of Stillwater Road, with easy
access to properties in Grant. The Stillwater Fire Department has a full time staff of firefighters at the station
24 hours, 7 days a week. According to the 2016 Stillwater Fire Depatment Annual Report, the Stillwater Fire
Department has an average response time of 5 minutes to the City of Grant. In contrast, the Mahtomedi
Fire Department is a much smaller fire station and is serviced by on call fire fighters. A city council discussion
would open the door to a competitive bidding process between the Stillwater and Mahtomedi Fire
Departments for City of Grant territory. According to Councilman Lanoux, residents that live east of Jamaca could possibly
have shorter response times and lower insurance premiums from having protection from the Stillwater Fire Department
vs. the Mahtomedi Fire Department.