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Delano purchasing $1.3M aerial fire truck
Nov. 29, 2019

BY GABE LICHT
Editor

DELANO, MN – Delano Fire Department will be adding a new fire truck to its fleet in 2021.

The council approved the purchase of the new Pierce vehicle featuring a 100-foot ladder, at a cost of $1,315,351 Nov. 19.

It will be ordered in December.

“Over 90 percent of the dollars are in the fire department capital account,” City Administrator Phil Kern said after the meeting. “They’ve been saving over 10 years for this.”

With the purchase of the aerial truck, the city will not be replacing Engine 12, as was initially the plan for three to four years down the line.

The city is also moving toward a regional solution for fire equipment, beginning with conversations with Watertown city staff.

“We view that to be a very promising lead, but we don’t have a firm agreement or structure in place,” Kern said.

New TIF district
The City of Delano closed on the purchase of 125 Woodland Road Monday.

“Prior to doing that, we had two resolutions that enabled the city, in the future, to create a TIF (Tax Increment Financing) district to help with the redevelopment of that property,” Kern said. “ . . . One of them declares the property is substandard. There’s a whole definition in state statute that defines what that means. If we create a TIF district, the city intends to reimburse itself for the transaction.”

An inspection proved that the building is, indeed, substandard. The city plans to reimburse itself for the purchase of the property and demolition with the proceeds of the TIF district.

The TIF district would need to be created within three years of demolition, which is expected to take place in early 2020.

Demolition specifications will likely be on the Tuesday, Dec. 17, city council agenda.

Odds and ends
In other business, the council:

• adopted a resolution certifying delinquent charges, in the amount of $387, to the Wright County auditor for collection with real estate taxes in 2020.

• adopted a resolution directing abatement of a public nuisance on property located at 133 Third St. N.

• authorized the hiring of Kim Lucarelli as a part-time motor vehicle assistant.

• authorized a gambling application from the Delano graduation party for a bingo and raffle permit Saturday, March 21.

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