City Manager Talks Fire Department Ladder Truck, Sewer Rate Increase

Sheldon, Iowa — The City of Sheldon is navigating the process of acquiring a replacement aerial ladder truck for the Sheldon Fire Company to replace one that sustained major damage to the ladder portion when it collided with a tree limb back in March.

The insurance adjuster determined that the cost to repair or replace the ladder unit on the truck exceeded the value of the more than 25-year-old truck and declared it a total loss. As a result, the City’s insurance carrier paid the City more than $180,000, the value of the truck.

Since that time, the Fire Department and the City Council, along with City Manager Sam Kooiker, have been assessing the City’s options in replacing the truck. Kooiker brings us up to date on the City’s short-term solution.

He says the City’s insurance carrier will pay the cost of renting the truck.

Kooiker says they have yet to narrow their focus to either a new or used truck.

So for now, the process of looking for a replacement truck continues.

In other news from the City of Sheldon, at their Wednesday meeting this week, the Council passed on to a second reading, an ordinance raising sewer rates beginning July 1st. Kooiker explains.

The ordinance will have the second reading at the next regular meeting of the Sheldon City Council, which is scheduled for 4:30 pm on June 2nd in the Council Chambers of the Sheldon Community Services Center.

Kooiker made his comments on Friday’s KIWA Morning Show.

Photo: Sheldon Fire Department aerial ladder truck responds to a Mutual Aid call in July of last year.