The Ottumwa Courier

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August 19, 2013

Firetruck cost to go before council

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"As the fire chief, that's great with me."

City Administrator Joe Helfenberger said at this point, the city needs to go ahead and purchase the truck for the safety of the citizens.

"Presently, we can't save everybody in Ottumwa without having a taller ladder," Helfenberger said.

The funds will come through a borrowing issue.

"We've had favorable borrowing rates at this point," Helfenberger said. "In order to take advantage of that and to look at the principle cost and the cost to finance it, it looks like it's not going to get any cheaper. We'd always like it to be a lot cheaper, but I don't think rebidding it will change the prices materially."

The OFD also needs to purchase $38,895 of loose equipment from Heiman Fire Equipment which will attach to the new truck.

"We'll order that stuff now so we'll have it when the truck gets here in nine to 12 months," Miller said. "We want to purchase it now before the price goes up. And we'll save the city a lot of money by installing it ourselves."

The loose equipment will include axes, ladders, hoses and more — all the equipment that isn't permanently attached to the truck.

The council will also hear the second consideration of the revised nuisance ordinance. Three readings must pass before the ordinance can be adopted.

The City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. today in council chambers in City Hall. The meeting will be broadcast on GO-TV, cable channel 6.

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