This is the antique fire fighting apparatus that is now sitting in the new garage. The trailer that it is sitting on has been customized and donated by Benton Visser.
This new building sitting south west of the fire department is a newly built garage funded by the fire department. Its purpose is to house a few items that do not fit in the existing building. The first item is a portable light trailer that was donated from the state of South Dakota and built by inmates. It is a handy and useful piece of equipment that is just plain in the way. The next item never did fit into the hall. It is an antique fire fighting apparatus. This item has been sitting in one of Benton Visser’s barns for many years.
Many people volunteered their time and efforts to help Benton and Aaron Visser to build this garage. Troy Melloon and Kurt Weins poured the concrete slab; also had Chad (don’t know his last name but he is currently renting Tim Gamber’s house on Maple street) help on the day of the pour. James Antinucci and Cathy Beil framed the walls up. Then James had Chad Mosley’s help to set the rafters. Then James and Cathy sheeted the walls and roof. I helped Benton and Aaron install the steel. And Mike Feste will be doing the electrical wiring.
We have mad a few changes with our equipment for this year. We took the sander (was in back of blue pickup) and mounted it into the back of the plow truck. In order to do this the truck was taken to Marion Machine Shop earlier this fall and an extra support brace was installed. Then Troy and I moved the control box from the blue pickup to the plow truck. The next change had to do with a dual sided fuel tank (diesel and gas) that Mark Begemen had donated to the city earlier this year. We placed that in the back of the blue pickup where the sander rig use to be.
The reason we made these changes was because of a few difficulties that we experienced last year. First the blue pickup does not seem to be able to take a large load of sand. We experienced the drivers door not opening due to this. Don Bauer readjusted the door this summer so it could open again. The next problem was refueling the tractor. The diesel fuel was stored in a tank on Ron Overson’s property. We had to run a couple of 100ft extension cords through the snow to his building in order to get the fuel out of the tank. It was a dark cold and annoying method of refueling. Refueling the plow truck was a little bit of work too. The chains must be removed from the tires so the truck could be driven to Marion. Then afterwards the chains had to be put back on the rear tires.
So now we have a refueling tank sitting in the blue truck and we plan on driving that truck into Marion to fill the tanks. And we can refuel both the plow truck and the tractor easily. And the plow truck driver can start up the sander using the control box inside the cab and flip a switch at slippery intersections to spread sand on the road. Also the heavy weight of the sander rig helps the plow truck with traction.
We had our first snow yesterday for the 2017-2018 season. Troy Melloon cleaned up the streets last night using the newly upgraded plow truck. I drove around this morning and was very impressed with his work. The streets look very nice. Thanks Troy!
We are rewriting the building permit ordinances. The problem is that we currently have two sets of ordinances; municipal and zoning. Both are legal valid documents. But they counter dict one another. Another problem (in my opinion) is that they are too strict. People don’t want to update their properties because they are afraid of getting their yearly property taxes increased. So I want to rewrite the documents such that they describe one procedure to follow. And I want to make the requirement to need a permit to be more lenient. So people can make repairs on their property and update the condition of their property without getting reassessed.
I stepped outside tonight and something looked different. I noticed that the road seemed to be lit up a little brighter. And the streetlight was blinding to look at. Yes we got new LED streetlights and they look awesome! Thanks Xcel Energy.
This is a public notice that Troy Melloon has filed an application for a variance on the zoning ordinances. He wants to add on to an existing fence and due to the landscape of his yard his addition will be higher than the 6 foot maximum.
All interested persons may attend a special city meeting in Monroe on July 24th @ 7:30 PM