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      Ottumwa City Council approves purchase of new fire truck

      The Ottumwa Fire Department is one step closer to purchasing a new truck.At Tuesdayâ??s City Council meeting, Fire Chief Tony Miller presented the plans, specifications and estimated cost for the new Aerial Fire Apparatus. The new fire truck will replace a 1977 American Lafrance Snorkel. Councilman Brian Morgan said upgrade is well overdue. Miller says there are so many mechanical problems that out-of-date fire truck is just taking up space at the Central Station.â??I talked to Joe Helfenberger numerous times about this and we're at the point now where we need to decide whether or not we're gonna take care of this thing and get it ordered,â?? Miller said.

      â??It's not a luxury item. It's something that's needed for the tower, business, industry, the high school,â?? Morgan said. â??It's a lot of different things, and I'm glad this is getting done now. Hopefully no one has to worry about it for the next 20 years.â??

      The council unanimously approved the purchase a new fire truck, which will cost up to $1 million. The city's finance director Bob Jayt said the truck will be paid for by city bonds over a six to ten year timeframe.