Galion Council approves utility truck purchase

By Kimberly Gasuras - Galion Inquirer

The purchases of trucks for the city’s utility department were two of the items on the agenda Tuesday evening for the Galion City Council meeting.

A first reading of the ordinances to purchase a new digger truck and bucket truck were approved by all council members to be changed to final readings and put into legislation. The legislation for the digger derrick truck would allow the city to purchase the truck for more than $209,000 from Dueco while the bucket truck comes with a price tag of $110,500 from Utility Truck Equipment.

An ordinance to change the requirements of meter base purchases by city residents was sent back to committee after a lively discussion.

The meter base issue involved changing legislation to allow residents to purchase their own meter base warranted discussion since the legislation included a clause that the required brand of base would be a Millbank.

Council member Susan Bean did not want the ordinance to specify a brand while others wanted the ordinance left the same, requiring residents to purchase the meter bases from the city.

Robert Baxter has joined other aviation enthusiasts to from the LLC, Galion Airport Management Company, and is asking for the city’s support for the group to take over the day-to-day operations at the city’s airport.

Mayor Tom O’Leary said the holdup is the fact that the airport property was purchased through a grant by the FFA and must go through the proper channels.

Council ended the meeting by adjourning into executive session to discuss imminent legal action with no action being taken after the session.

The next council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 8 at the city municipal building.


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By Kimberly Gasuras

Galion Inquirer