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Farmington firefighters will supervise the new truck's construction

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Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

One more approval, and Farmington could have its new fire truck by as early as the end of this year.

On Monday, Farmington City Council members voted unanimously to approve purchasing a fire rescue truck from the Pierce manufacturing company, for a proposed price of $560,064, and sending four Farmington firefighters to the Pierce company plant in Appleton, Wis., to oversee its construction.

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The city of Farmington has become part of the Houston Galveston Agreement Consortium, which helps governments by establishing competitively priced contracts for things communities need - including fire trucks. HGAC put out a request for proposals on Farmington's behalf, and in return, the city received two proposals. The lower of the two proposals, for $560,094, met all of the specifications required for the new truck.

In addition, Farmington fire chief Tim Pietsch asked that four members of the department's truck committee be allowed to go to Appleton on three occasions to supervise the truck's construction. They will go once for a preconstruction meeting, then for an inspection of the vehicle before it's painted, and then again, for the final inspection before delivery. Pietsch estimated the cost to send committee members to Appleton at $2,310.

Council members approved both the purchase of the truck, and the request to send firefighters to Appleton.

Initial discussions with HGAC and Pierce indicate construction on the truck could start sometime in the next couple of weeks.

"We're hoping we can get delivery by the first of the year. It would be nice. Kind of like an early Christmas," Pietsch said.

The truck will be painted white with a blue stripe, like the rest of the rigs in the Farmington Fire Department.

In order to pay for the truck, the city council will use an inter-fund loan from the Farmington Water Board. Water board members will have to approve the transfer at their May 29 meeting. The loan will be paid back through a $119,000 tax levy over the next five years.

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Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and is the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 
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