By Shelia Tomkins
The Guttenberg city council moved forward with plans to purchase a new vehicle for the Guttenberg Fire Department when it met in regular session on Nov. 5.
Mayor Russ Loven presided with council members Virginia Saeugling, Ralph Livingston, Dave Schlueter, Jane Parker and Steve Friedlein in attendance. Assistant City Manager Julie Zittergruen and City Attorney Mike Schuster were also at the council table.
Representatives from the fire department have been in attendance at previous council meetings to discuss the need for a new vehicle. At the October meeting, GFD representatives estimated the approximate cost of a pumper/tanker at $377,000, and the matter was tabled pending review of financing options. The GFD Association has $30,000 toward the purchase.
At Monday's meeting, discussion continued on financing, and the council set a maximum of $350,000 towards the purchase. A final decision on the means of financing will be made after the city determines costs for another major project, levee accreditation.