Isanti Council

Members of the Isanti Council, along with the Isanti Fire District and Police Department, accepted the award for being a Heart Safe community during the July 2 council meeting. Pictured (left to right) are Council Member Jimmy Gordon, Isanti Fire Chief Al Jankovich, Council Member Paul Bergley, Mayor Jeff Johnson, Police Chief Travis Muyres, Council Members Dan Collison and Steve Lundeen.  Photo by Tiffany Kafer

The city of Isanti was recognized, along with other cities within Isanti County on June 19 during the Isanti County Board meeting, for being a Heart Safe community. The award was accepted by Isanti Fire District Chief Al Jankovich, who brought the award to the Isanti Council meeting on July 2 where the council accepted it.

“Isanti County as a whole is one of three counties in the state of Minnesota that has this recognition across the whole county, so all of our cities share this recognition of being a Heart Safe community,” Jankovich said. “How we achieved that was by being proactive and placing AEDs throughout the county, providing awareness level training to a certain amount of our community members.”

People involved throughout the county attended community gathering over the past few years to provide hands-on training on how to operate an AED as well as how to perform hands-only CPR.

“We talked a little bit about the effectiveness of having that quick approach,” Jankovich said. “I’ve seen the benefits of this as a first responder in our community, and it is pretty awesome to say the least. To see the people that you’ve performed this on in the community with their loved ones out and about, it makes all of this worth it.”

“I appreciate Isanti Fire District and Isanti Police Department for doing their due diligence as far as a Heart Safe community goes,” said Isanti Mayor Jeff Johnson. “I also know that our SRO, Officer Adam Gau, teaches the kids how to use an AED and teaches them CPR as well, so not only our fire department but our police department is doing their due diligence as far as Heart Safe community goes through young and old.”

The city will display its plaque within City Hall as well as signs on the city’s welcome signs at the borders of the city.

Officer retirement

The council recognized the career of Police Officer Daniel Vandenheuvel, an officer of 25 years in the department who retired on June 28.

“Officer Vandenheuvel began his career with the department in May of 1994,” Johnson said. “Dan was a school resource officer in the late ‘90s; he enjoyed getting to know the students, having lunch with them and hanging out at recess and creating good rapport with the students.

“Dan had a passion for participating in community policing activities such as Kids Like Us, softball games, broomball, open gym and pizza parties with the youth in the area and on National Night Out, Shop With a Cop and Take a Kid Fishing Day. Dan was very diligent about patrolling all streets of Isanti as he felt it was very important the public saw the police presence in the neighborhoods,” Johnson added.

A plaque recognizing Vandenheuvel’s work within the department will be presented to him at a later date.

Fire District to get new pumper truck

The Isanti Fire District has the approval to replace its 1978 pumper truck for a newer model after council members unanimously approved the upgrade during their meeting.

“The truck that they bought in 1978 is being replaced in 2020, by the time they get that thing. They can stretch a vehicle a long ways, so I think we should be proud of the fire department that they’ve done that,” Council Member Steve Lundeen said.

Isanti Indoor Arena to repair damages

The significant damage to the gutters and wall panels on the east side of the Isanti Indoor Arena that occurred from ice sliding off the roof last winter will soon be repaired, following unanimous approval by council.

According to Matt Sylvester, the city contacted four contractors, and two responded with bids. The council awarded the bid of NHH Plus Roofing in the amount of $24,975; Liberty Exteriors came in with a bid of $55,276.

The city reached out to the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust and will be submitting a claim based on the cost of the repairs needed, with the city’s deductible of $1,000.

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