Council approved a motion to spend $232,000 for the purchase of a 2019 Horton Ambulance that will be placed on a Ford F550 chassis which is in production.
The city will be trading in a 2010 Horton Ambulance which is on an International chassis as part of the vehicle replacement plan. Council had previously approved the purchase of a new ambulance as part of the city’s Capital Budget process.
Councilman Todd Hickman, noting a resident’s letter asking council not to spend city funds due to the reduced revenues because of the coronavirus closings, asked if the purchase could be postponed until city revenues improve after the Stay at Home orders expire.
Brock told Hickman that the funds can only be used for public safety capital improvements and purchases and could not be moved into other city funds.
Mayor Jason Frentzel asked if there was a price expiration for the purchase. Brock said the city was at the end of a nine-month process and if there are any changes, the city would have to start the process from the beginning.
Council also approved a pair of emergency ordinances approving final plats for The Trails of Todhunter, Section One, Blocks A and B.