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February 24, 2020

2/4/2020 2:24:00 PM
Mineral Point City Council and Mineral Point Fire Department further discuss agreement
For at least the last year and a half, conversations between the Fire Department and the City have resulted in being shuffled between common council and committee meetings. At the last common council meeting, council members and members of the fire department agreed that the shuffling should end and that a decision needs to be made on how to proceed.
The agreement between Mineral Point City Council and the Mineral Point Fire Department is perhaps one step closer, as they have decided to go forward with an option on Monday night during a special council meeting.
"They're giving us a direction on where they would prefer us to head and then the fire department committee will take that further and come up with a proposal and bring in front of the council," City Administrator Erin Hirn said. "The biggest thing is that they want to create a contract just describing the relationship between the community and the fire department and the expectations going forward."
Currently the Fire Department is needing to purchase a new fire truck which would cost $700,828. Under past practices, that have occurred for over 75 years, the City would replace a vehicle every 20 years. The current vehicles the City owns are 22 and 13 years old. The Fire Department looks to trade in both of the City owned vehicles for a more extensive fire truck.
The original arrangement was handled via a "handshake agreement" and not necessarily through a contract. After discussing their options, Council members agreed to continue the agreement by keeping things similar to years past, and to create a contractual agreement based on the current situation.
In other council business, Hirn gave an update pertaining to the ATV signage.
"The ATV signs just came in and sign marking was done on Monday," Hirn said. "They should be in the ground in about two weeks depending on weather."
Once signs are posted, the ordinance will also be posted.
Numbers also came in for Transportation Funding. The city received $201,626 from the state- $186,263 of that was for transportation aid and then $15,362 was from connecting highway aid, which is an increase of $20,716.
Council members also approved to allow the City Administrator to develop and issue of an RFP for the development of "City Owned Property on the 400 Block of Fountain Street."
They also allowed the City Administrator to develop and issue an RFP for the removal of all above-grade structures known as "the former Police Station at 226 Doty Street prior to the fall of 2020."

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