City council hears presentations on fire truck replacement, pool rehab


By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council heard updates and funding requests for several major upcoming needs when it met in regular session on Monday, Sept. 9.

Mayor Russ Loven, councilmembers Virginia Saeugling, Ralph Livingston, Dave Schlueter, Jane Parker, and Steve Friedlein, City Manager Barry Dykhuizen and City Attorney Michael Schuster were present.

Fire Department update

Fire Chief Chad Esmann, Josh Roth and Fred Schaub updated  the council on the search for a replacement vehicle. Roth told the council that the department currently has two 1991 pumpers and a 1974 tanker. 

"The tanker is getting to be unsafe," said Roth, citing brake problems and difficulty in finding parts. The department is proposing to replace two of the vehicles with one dual-purpose pumper/tanker. Based on preliminary bids, the cost is estimated at approximately $400,000.  

Potential funding could come from a variety of sources. Discussion was held on township fire protection agreements, and the city manager noted that the levy is established by state code.

Continued in the pages of The Guttenberg Press

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