RIO VISTA — The City Council agenda on Tuesday will consider financial matters that include possible purchase of a new fire truck and a potential subsidy for the chamber of commerce.
Fire Department officials want to buy an aerial ladder truck for $150,000 from the El Dorado Hills Fire Department. The Rio Vista department currently operates a 1975 ladder truck bought from the Sacramento Metro Fire Department in 2007. Staff reports indicate that the truck needs to be replaced because of age and excessive maintenance costs, which “exceed the value of the vehicle.”
The Fire Department is also looking at upcoming repairs costing more than $12,000 in order to keep the truck in service.
Payments would be made, with a $50,000 downpayment with the balance paid over a four-year term, either financed through the El Dorado Hills Fire Department or a finance company. The financing options will be determined by El Dorado Hills. Money to pay for the vehicle will come from annual allocations from the Delta Fire Protection District contract for services, and from Fund 39, listed as the Personnel Services fund, which comes from property taxes, said Councilwoman Constance Boulware.
Council members will also discuss a $10,000 sponsorship to the city’s Chamber of Commerce.
A letter from Gene Resler, chamber president, states that the chamber needs to reduce its expenses in order to keep its door open. It is looking to lower its rent, cut the full-time executive director to part-time and reduce operational expenses by one-third. It is asking the city for some help, including receivership of the hotel occupancy tax funds, which staff reports indicate has been done in part several years ago.
The $10,000 subsidy would be worth about one-half of the 2011-12 transient occupancy tax, state staff reports.
Other topics include the possible purchase of a city vehicle for the new city manager, Tim Chapa, in lieu of the $400 monthly car allowance, an emergency declaration to repair sewer lines and a bid to extend a contract for financial and operation transit services from the Solano Transportation Authority.
Closed session begins at 5 p.m. with the regular meeting beginning at 6 p.m. at One Main St. For more information, go to riovistacity.com.
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