Plans Improvement in St. Paul Department
Commissioner McColl, of the Department of Public Safety, St. Paul, Minn, has a number of plans for the improvement of the fire department next year. One feature is an increase in salary for the men. who are now underpaid, in his estimation. The commissioner will try’ to include in the budget a sufficient sum to raise the minimum salary paid front $100 to $110 a month and the maximum from $115 to $125. New fire stations are also to be included in the general improvements. The engine house at one point must soon be abandoned to allow the use of the site for railroad terminal purposes, and Mr. McColl plans to take advantage of the opportunity to erect the new station in a locality where he thinks it is greatly needed. The Great Northern Railroad gave a site and $30,000 toward building a station in another locality in return for grants by the city in promoting the railroad’s plans for a new terminal. A new central fire station is also included in the improvements planned by the commissioner, and he would advise the contruction of a building large enough to house all the public bureaus—fire, health, etc.
The city of Portland, Me., is desirous of having a new central fire station, but is uncertain whether or not it can accomplish it this year. bids were recently advertised for and duly received, but the lowest was more than $55,000, while the sum available is less than $40,000.