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Russell City Council Approves Purchase of New Fire Truck

Russell City Council Dec 2013The purchase of a brand new 2014 pumper fire truck for the Russell Fire Department was approved Tuesday evening by the Russell City Council.

Currently two of the city's five fire engines are out of service in need of serious repair. City Manager Jon Quinday explained to the Council that the city's equipment improvement plan for the next five years had detailed the various needed purchases of fire engines and other equipment over that time, but because of the severe state of disrepair for Engine 1, a 1980 model, and Engine 2, a 1964 model, a purchase of at least one new truck would need to be moved ahead of schedule.

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The Council approved that recommendation unanimously, but did briefly discuss the possibility of looking at a used or refurbished model to replace Engine 1 if the grant is unsuccessful. Quinday said no money for the purchase of the new truck will need to be borrowed as all the funds will be taken out of current reserves.

Also Tuesday, Councilmembers voted to allow the Personal and Family Protection Act, more commonly known as the statewide concealed carry law, to go into effect January 1, 2014. After that date, any citizen with a concealed carry license can enter Russell municipal buildings armed and without search.

While the measure was approved unanimously Tuesday, Councilman Tony Witt still isn't totally sold.

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The sale of special use water permits was discussed at the meeting as well. After discussing pros and cons of the proposed resolution to allow Russell residents or businesses to purchase permits for water use, Councilmembers decided to hold off on making a decision just yet.

Councilman GJ Long...

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Also Tuesday, an amendment to the economic development incentive grant to American Power Chassis was approved. A deadline put in place by the city for APC to have 15 employees by the end of this year was extended to March 15, 2014. APC Representative Jerry Brown was present at the meeting and said they will meet the new deadline.

CLICK HERE for the November 19 meeting minutes. The December 17 meeting minutes will be made available when they are released.

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