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Harmony discusses fire trucks


Fri, Jul 16th, 2010
Posted in Government



Harmony's Fire Chief Bill Hanlon came to the city council meeting on July 13 to discuss the plans for purchasing a new fire truck. Hanlon said the committee has been researching trucks and looking at prices and they have come up with a list for what they need. He said the truck, which is a new pumper, will cost somewhere around $280-290,000. That price is without the loose equipment, which will cost an additional $10-15,000. Hanlon said their first wish list they made was big, and the first truck they priced was $380,000. They trimmed $100,000 off the price.

The truck they are planning to replace is a pumper from 1972. According to Hanlon, they are having a lot of mechanical problems with the truck, including several leaks. He said they don't really want to put any more money into it.

Council member Gerald Shuck asked them if they could put $20,000 into it instead of replacing it to get another ten years. Hanlon said it would take more money than that, and they would not get another ten years. "If it was my truck, I wouldn't do it," said Hanlon. "It would be time to replace it."

Hanlon also said he would not feel comfortable going to a fire without the truck, as they would have to leave one pumper behind and would be short one truck.

According to Hanlon, the most recent audit they had said they must have 3,000 gallons per minute capacity for pumping. When they replaced the old pumper truck it put them at 3,000 gallons. Losing this truck would again put them below the 3,000 mark, which would increase their ISO rating, causing insurance rates to increase.

The council discussed ways to pay for the truck. The city would have to pay for the entire truck up front from the General Fund. There would be five townships: Harmony, Freemont, Bristol, Amherst, and York, that would pay the city back for part of the cost over time. Illg said those townships were sent a letter in February informing them of the upcoming purchase.

Hanlon said the Firemen's Relief Association could come up with a total of $70,000 to help out. Illg said there is a total of $82,700 in capital funds at the end of 2010. There are also options for leasing a new truck and other financial incentives to look into.

Shuck had some concerns about the city being able to do without the large amount of money when there is no certainty about the future of LGA (Local Government Aid). Council member Dan Tieffenbacher asked if they could pu .....
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Senator Ropes gets county feedback

Fri, Jul 16th, 2010
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State Senator Sharon Erickson Ropes spoke to county commissioners and department heads and then listened to their concerns and complaints at the board's July 13 meeting. She made it clear the legislature will be facing a very large deficit w ..... 
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City accepts snow plow quote

Fri, Jul 16th, 2010
Posted in Government



The Canton City Council met June 2, 2010.

Present: Donivee Johnson, Carl Ernst, Hank Selden, Cindy Shanks, Ross Duckett, Lolly Melander, and Jon Nordsving. Guest: Barb Kerns

1) Meeting was called to order at 7:02pm by Mayor ..... 
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County updates jail equipment

Fri, Jul 9th, 2010
Posted in Government

Sheriff Daryl Jensen asked the county board at their July 6 meeting to approve the purchase of a device to document required "cell checks" along with jailer sign-ins, incidents and observations at a cost of nearly $5,300. At a recent June jail inspe ..... 
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Lanesboro discusses bids

Fri, Jul 9th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council approved the purchase of a new copy machine for the city offices at their meeting on July 6. City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman said they have been having some problems with their current machine keeping up, as well as pr ..... 
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Rushford Village discusses zoning, campground

Fri, Jul 9th, 2010
Posted in Government

Pledge to the Flag

The June 15, 2010, regular meeting was called to order by Mayor Gordon Johnson at 7:00 p.m. Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Elizabeth Atkinson, Dale Schwanke. Also present: Zoning Administrator Howa ..... 
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Walz receives veterans "Legislator of the Year" award

Fri, Jul 9th, 2010
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Today at Soldier's Field Veterans Memorial, Congressman Walz received the Legislator of the Year Award from the National Association of County Veterans Service Officers (NACVSO).

"I am deeply honored and humbled to receive this award," said ..... 
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Preston continues quest for speed reduction

Fri, Jul 9th, 2010
Posted in Government

Last fall the city of Preston requested a speed study on Hwy. 52 through town, and especially at the Hwy. 52 - Hwy. 16 intersection north of town. City Administrator Joe Hoffman reviewed the results of the study conducted on November 30, 2009, at th ..... 
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Ostrander discusses sidewalk removal

Fri, Jul 2nd, 2010
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The monthly meeting of the Ostrander City Council was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Mayor Linda Schwenn; all council members were present.

Motion by Thompson, and seconded by Christenson and unanimously carried to accept the consent agenda ..... 
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