Arlington may purchase grass truck

By ERIC SCHAADT
Staff Writer
ARLINGTON — Arlington Council on Monday considered legislation to purchase a Fire Department transportation truck.
Commonly known as a grass truck, the vehicle would cost about $33,755 and replace a 1967 model, according to village officials.
In addition to traveling to fire scenes, the grass truck would be used for hazardous material runs, emergency medical service calls and other calls.
Village Council is considering financing the purchase of the truck via a loan from Commercial Savings Bank.
In a related issue, council’s Finance Committee next month is expected to make a recommendation about seeking renewal of a fire protection levy on the fall ballot.
On the books is a 2.5-mill levy for five years, approved in 2009. The levy generates $53,000 annually.
Separately, the floor of the Fire Department building is slated to be refurbished beginning June 1.
Council also gave a first reading to an ordinance to raise sewer rates, beginning July 1.
Currently, the base rate is $15.70 for each two-month billing cycle for the first 1,000 gallons of water used. After that, $2.80 is charged for each additional 1,000 gallons of water used.
The proposed ordinance includes a flat rate of $15.70 and an additional $3.40 for each 1,000 gallons of water used.
Rates were last raised in 2008.
Separately, village officials said the swimming pool will open June 2 at 3 p.m. Pool passes will be sold at the pool from May 26-30.
The inaugural Arlington farmers’ market will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. May 30 in a parking lot at Good Hope Lutheran Church on South Main Street.
Separately, council will look at quotes for fixing a tile drainage issue on a section of Powell Drive.
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