West metro town briefs: Edina's new fire chief isn't new to the city

  • Updated: January 14, 2014 - 3:00 AM

Authors Tom Hegg, left, and Nicole Helget, above, will make appearances at The Bookcase in Wayzata.


New fire chief isn’t new to the city

Tom Schmitz, Edina’s new fire chief, is rejoining the department after a brief stint with the Eden Prairie Fire Department.

Schmitz, a 25-year firefighter, has been an assistant chief in Eden Prairie since 2011. Before that, he worked in Edina for 18 years, rising from firefighter/paramedic to battalion chief, where he oversaw training and safety programs and supervised paid on-call firefighters.

He also helped form the department’s Special Operations Team and oversaw construction and operations of the South Metro Public Safety Training Facility.

Schmitz will start his new job on Feb. 17.

City introduces online utility billing

Edina has launched a new website where residents can pay their utility bills and access their accounts online, clicking a button to pay their bills.

The site allows residents to pay their quarterly water, storm drain and recycling bills quickly and securely. Residents can make a one-time payment or register to receive e-bills, which eliminate paper bills altogether.

Users also can compare their usage to a typical user and view past water usage. City officials hope to have 20 percent of accounts enrolled by the end of 2015.

For more information, go to http://edinamn.gov/index.php? section=utilities-billing or contact Dona Fowler or Lori Lohmann at 952-826-0373.

West metro

Nominations open for Caring Youth Award

Nominations will be accepted until Feb. 3 for the 2014 Caring Youth Award hosted by the cities of Minnetonka, Hopkins and Golden Valley, as well as the Hopkins and Minnetonka school districts and Glen Lake Optimists.

Young volunteers in seventh through 12th grades may be nominated by the organization they’re serving. Nominees must either live in one of the three cities, attend school (grades 7 to 12) in Hopkins or Minnetonka and/or volunteer in Minnetonka, Hopkins, or Golden Valley. Nominations are due by 4:30 p.m. Feb. 3. For full nomination guidelines and forms, go to www.eminnetonka.com or call 952-939-8207.


Concert to explore music about home

The Mostly Madrigals choral ensemble, directed by Stephen Houtz, will present a concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at St. George’s Episcopal Church, 5224 Minnetonka Blvd.

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