By Ivan Raconteur
LESTER PRAIRIE Lester Prairie City Council, during a special meeting March 26, adopted a resolution regarding the city’s intention to issue and sell bonds in the amount of $386,351 for the purchase of a new fire engine. The total cost of the engine is estimated at $557,351.
The purchase is a joint venture between the city and Bergen and Winsted townships, each of which is responsible for a percentage of the cost.
The new truck will replace the department’s 1981 fire engine.
Lester Prairie Community Development Coordinator Adam Birkholz said one of the council’s primary concerns when they discussed the purchase was public safety both the safety of fire district residents and of the firefighters.
The council cannot act on the final resolution until 10 days after publication of the notice of its intention (see the public records section in this issue of Herald Journal).
Birkholz said the city vetted the project, and representatives from the fire department visited the plant where the truck will be built to review specifications to be sure it will meet the department’s needs.
Birkholz said the council is following the recommendations of the fire department regarding the equipment, and believes bonding for the project provides the best price and value for the city.
“We are trying to be the best stewards of the taxpayers’ money,” Birkholz commented.
The council will consider final approval of the financing at its Tuesday, April 10 meeting.
If approved, the purchase order is expected to be signed Wednesday, April 11.
The terms of the contract stipulate that the truck must be delivered within 395 days from the signing of the purchase order.