Huxley City Council discusses purchases of fire and rescue and PD equipment

Lynn Marr-Moore

An item on the July 26 Huxley City Council agenda failed to pass after a discussion concerning the purchase of emergency vehicles and equipment took place. The city council had considered approving a bond proposal for the requested items from both the city’s fire and rescue and police departments.

Huxley council member Dave Kuhn raised some concern about the way the equipment was to be paid for.

“I agree that the equipment is needed,” said Kuhn. “However, we (the city) do not have a capital improvement plan to address something like this. Moving forward, there are many needs that the city has and I think we need to address them all and come up with a capital improvement plan.”

Council member Mike Schonhorst stated that he also agreed that the city needs a plan, and that for a long time now, items have been considered for replacement or purchase on a month-to-month status.

The council agreed to obtain more information and to discuss it at a work session, then come back to the council with suggestions.

The council also discussed the work that needs to be done on the Heart of Iowa Nature Trail regarding a segment located from Fifth Street to Highway 69.

According to Parks and Recreation Director Travis Bakken, bids have come back in the amount of $274,000 to put down a 6-inch concrete pavement.

“We have $263,000, so we are looking at a shortage in the money we need to do the repair,” said Bakken. “I am reaching out to more businesses and the Story County Conservation to see if I can obtain some additional money towards this project. “

Bakken said that since federal money is being used to help fund the project, it puts limits on how the operation takes place.

“We can’t talk to the contractor that is awarded the bids, until we have actually awarded a bid,” explained Bakken. “So our hands are pretty much tied as far as seeing about possibly using 5 inches of concrete, which would save us some money.

Council member Kevin Deaton suggested the possibility of rebidding the project to lower the cost of the project.

In other business the council:

* Approved a Class B Beer Permit for the Huxley Prairie Festival.

* Approved the resolution to set a hearing date on an offer to purchase the old fire station from Troy Petersen.

* Approved a request from Mary Greeley Medical Center regarding holding a senior health clinic.

* Approved a pay request on the Main Avenue Storm Sewer Project.

* Approved change orders on the Main Avenue Storm Sewer Project.

* Approved a $200 donation to the Central Iowa Little League softball team to help with travel expenses to the national tournament they are participating in at Indianapolis, Ind.