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Council OKs new truck for fire dept.

The Rosemount City Council voted Tuesday to approve the purchase of a new fire pumper. The truck will cost the city about $530,000.

The new truck will replace a 25 year-old pumper truck. Assistant fire chief Jim Voelker said it's difficult to find replacement parts for the old truck and that while they haven't had any issues thus far the department fears the old truck will become less reliable.

To save money down the line, Voelker said they will equip the new truck as a rescue vehicle as well. That should save the city money when it needs to replace a rescue truck in a few year because it will be able to do it with a significantly smaller vehicle.

Voelker said the new pumper truck will have room to carry one more firefighter, which will improve safety on the scene of emergencies. Additionally, he said the truck will have the latest technological and safety advances as well.

"It will be safer and more comfortable," said Voelker.

Voelker said the committee took months to research the best options for the department. The truck chosen will be a Rosenbauer model made by General Safety Equipment. The truck will be built to the Rosemount Fire Department's specifications. Voelker said the city will likely receive the truck sometime later this year. The cost of the truck is $524,994. A few contingency items will be needed, increasing the price tag to $530,000.

City administrator Dwight Johnson said the city identified the need for a new truck several years ago and was able to save up for the purchase. The city budgeted $550,000 for the truck in its equipment capital fund. The city will pay for the truck out of pocket, avoiding interest on a loan. Johnson said with the council approval the truck will be ordered right away.

The fire department has two pumpers - one at each station. The new truck will be housed in Station 1. The other truck, which is at Station 2, was purchased in 2001.

The city is investigating the possibility of selling the old truck. The staff memo states the city has had some interested parties come forward.

Tattoo restrictions listed

The city council also voted Tuesday to repeal an ordinance pertaining to tattoo and piercing licensing. Starting Jan. 1 a state law went into effect requiring body art technicians be licensed. Tattoo business must also be licensed.

The city recently received an application for a tattoo and body piercing establishment. While the establishment met the city's requirements, the Minnesota Department of Health determined the city's ordinance does not meet the provisions of the new law.

The repeal of the city's ordinance will make way for the state to regulate tattoo and body piercing.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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