WAHOO – The new mayor and city council got right down to business in Wahoo City Hall last week.
The oath of office was administered Thursday to new Mayor Jerry Johnson and new City Council Members Karen Boop and Carl Warford. Incumbent Stuart Krejci was also re-elected and again took his oath of office.
Among the action taken by the new governing body was approving the 2019 budget for the Wahoo Board of Public Works.
Councilman Gerry Tyler, who also serves on that board overseeing the city’s utilities, was similar to the previous year and did not include any rate increases.
He said a 1 percent rate increase had initially been considered.
“But, we should be doing a rate track study,” he added.
Tyler said there will need to be increases to keep up with costs and continue required maintenance and repairs.
But, the goal would be to implement rate increases in steps, rather than all at once. The rate track study would help the city do that.
The council also gave authorization to Fire Chief Cody Hull to make a trip and check out an aerial ladder truck, and if determined to be a good purchase, put a down payment on it.
Hull said the department’s existing aerial truck was purchased used in 2007. It was built in 1986.
“It’s 32 years old. It exceeded its life expectancy,” he said.
The fire chief said the truck is requiring more and more repairs, some of which are costly because of its age and a decreasing supply of parts for it.
He said he priced out new aerial trucks and they exceeded $1 million.
“I just feel that is just not needed,” Hull said.
He said getting a different truck is a need, but finding a good, used truck for less money is a better option that having one built new.
The department does have some cash on hand as well as money set aside for vehicle purchase. Hull pointed out there was some money in a Manners trust fund that could also be used.
When asked if depleting those funds would be a problem in the near future, Hull said he didn’t anticipate another truck would need to be replaced for at least 15 years.