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Russell City Council Considers Fire Truck Purchase

Russell City Council 2013 JuneWith two out of five City of Russell fire trucks currently out of service due to the need for significant repairs, the Russell City Council considered the purchase of a new fire engine at its regular monthly work study session Tuesday.

City Manager Jon Quinday said Tuesday a long-term plan to purchase new trucks and equipment had previously been formulated, but recent equipment failures and discoveries have prompted city officials to think about moving the schedule of replacement ahead. 

Fire Chief Shane Preston told Councilmembers the two trucks - a 1964 model that has long been out of service and a 1980 model, which is named in honor of Senator Bob Dole's father and longtime Russell firefighter Doran Dole - would take upwards of $100,000 to repair.

While it might be costly, Councilman Tony Witt says Preston needs to consider keeping the 1980 model as a backup.

A new truck will cost around $500,000.

Also on Tuesday, the Council discussed the Economic Development Incentive for American Power Chassis (APC), a new Russell industry that will build recreational vehicle chassis.

In July of 2012, the City of Russell and Russell County agreed to give $400,000 each in incentive money to APC. As a part of that agreement, APC was to have at least 15 employees on or before December 31 of this year. City officials say APC has not met that stipulation and will be subject to a penalty payment unless the deadline is extended.

Mayor Curt Mader says the city should follow the county's lead and give APC an extension until March 15 of next year.

Councilman Paul Phillips agrees, but emphasizes this should be the last extension.

Possible special use permits for water were discussed at Tuesday's session as well. The city remains under a Stage IV Water Emergency.

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