Council to vote on fire engine purchase

Published 10:35 am Thursday, June 26, 2014

The third reading and possible adoption of an ordinance to purchase a new fire engine in accordance with the city’s fire fee will take place at tonight’s regular meeting of Ironton City Council.

Ordinance 14-22 authorizing the mayor to award the state contract bid for a custom fire engine and declaring an emergency had its first reading at council’s May 22 meeting.

“This needs to go ahead and be adopted in order to move forward with the financing through the treasurer’s office,” Rich Blankenship, Ironton mayor, said at the May 22 meeting.

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Council member Phillip Heald moved to suspend the rules and adopt the ordinance and council member Craig Harvey seconded Heald’s motion.

A “no” vote from council member Dave Frazer, however, negated the required two-thirds majority to suspend the rules and adopt the ordinance and it was brought before council at its June 12 meeting for a second reading. With council president Kevin Waldo and council member Aaron Bollinger absent for that meeting the required two-thirds majority could not be obtained and no rules could be suspended.

The lowest bid of $388,464 was submitted by Sutphen Corporation of Dublin. The new truck would replace the city’s current 1994 model fire truck.

Ordinance 14-23 authorizing the mayor to purchase new Dumpsters for the city will have its second reading.

The four Dumpsters will serve the Holiday Inn Express and Suites being built as part of the Gateway Project. The cost shall not exceed $4,000, according to the ordinance, and will be purchased from the city’s garbage equipment replacement fund.

One of the two new items on the agenda is ordinance No. 14-25 amending the annual operating budget for fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 2014, and declaring an emergency.

The other new agenda item is resolution No. 14-24 requesting the county auditor to certify the estimated property tax revenue for a renewal flood levy and declaring an emergency.

According to the resolution the city must obtain a certificate of estimated property tax revenue and submit the same to the Lawrence County Board of Elections in order to renew the one mill tax flood levy.

Ironton City Council meets in regular session at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays each month on the third floor of the city center on South Third Street.