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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Rolla City Council will consider fire truck

  • Meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the council chambers at Rolla City Hall, the Rolla City Council will consider purchasing a fire truck.
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  • Meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the council chambers at Rolla City Hall, the Rolla City Council will consider purchasing a fire truck.
    Fire Chief Robert Williams will present the information about the Impel Fire Pumper Truck to be purchased for the City of Rolla Fire and Rescue from Pierce Manufacturing Inc.
    Afterwards, the council will vote on a resolution to authorize Mayor Bill Jenks to execute an agreement with Pierce for the purchase.
    At the Nov. 19 meeting, the council approved on a final reading an ordinance authorizing the City of Rolla to join the HGAC Buy organization to prepare for the purchase of a new fire truck.
    “The fire department is scheduled to replace the 1989 Pierce Engine 34 at an estimated cost of $450,000,” City Administrator John Butz told the council in his agenda commentary. “Typically, specifying, bidding, awarding and ordering fire truck purchases can take several months, and often the trucks are brokered through third-party suppliers.”
    Butz said city officials looked for different ways to do that business.
    “In investigating alternatives, fire administration came across HGAC Buy, which is a regional council of governments in Texas who formed this ‘self-funded enterprise fund government agency’ for cooperating purchasing” in 1971.
    HGAC stands for Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments, but Missouri has discovered the benefits of linking with the Lone Star State.
    “Today, dozens of Missouri cities and public districts participate in the buying pool.
    Cost to participate in HGAC Buy is $2,000, but Schumacher Fire Equipment has agreed to cover the city’s cost.
    In other business, the council will:
    • Review industrial development pricing policy,
    • Consider a resolution to authorize Mayor Jenks to enter into an agreement with the Missouri Department of Corrections for a work-release program,
    • Accept a bid for the Parks and Recreation Department’s three-year beverage contract,
    • Revise the fiscal 2012 budget,
    • Consider the reappointment of Meghan Benton to the Board of Building Appeals,
    • Hear the third-quarter tourism report from Stevie Kearse, executive director of the Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce,
    • Receive reports from the Rolla Board of Public Works, Rolla Municipal Utilities, Parks and Recreation Commission and The Centre, and
    • Hold a session closed to the public for discussion of real estate and personnel.
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