WARRENTON - Approved by voters, endorsed by the city commission, Warrenton now sets its sights on bids for a new fire truck.

The cap is $320,000.

In a two-part decision Wednesday, commissioners passed a resolution that allowed the city to move ahead with the sale of $320,000 in General Obligation Bonds toward the new voter-approved fire truck.

Under the resolution, the bonds need to be repaid within five years. The commision alo approved appointment of agents and counsel to oversee the bond purchase.

On May 21, Warrenton voters approved the issue of $320,000 in bonds. The cost of a $300,000 General Obligation Bond is about $20,000; this includes the cost of underwriting the project, bond counsel and interest; said City Manager Scott Derickson.

The commission approved of the Warrenton Fire Department's invitation to call for bids for the fire truck, a 1500 GPM Customer Pumper.

"The bid specifications have been carefully crafted to solicit bids for apparatus that will meet the needs (of) the community. In order to be eligible, all bidders must conform to the requirements of the bid including required payment terms," Derickson added in his staff report.

Bids are advertised June 24 and close July 12. The commission will review them July 17.

"The RFP (request for proposal) is almost finalized. It is very detailed oriented - we are going to have to move quickly on this and we will come back to the commission for approval," Derickson said.

Fire Chief Ted Ames thanked voters for approving the bonds.

- Justin Lacche