Dayton establishes historical commission

By Megan Hopps

SUN PRESS Newspapers


The Dayton City Council met Tuesday, Feb. 25, to discuss the establishment of a historical commission and to approve a request from Fire Chief Jason Michelson to place a bid for a new fire truck.



The council discussed the establishment of a historical commission. The historical commission’s responsibilities would be to collect data, photos and documents for a Dayton History book and would provide the city with photos and historical displays to be used at schools and businesses. Furthermore, the council would seek their guidance when naming parks, roads and buildings.

“For me, I think it’s valuable not to lose historical photos and articles,” said Councilor Anne Ziebel. “I’d like to set aside space at City Hall to take some of that in if we need to.”

The city later discussed if and how this commission would be funded.

“I’m okay with this as long as there’s some sort of financial ceiling,” said Councilor Scott Salonek.

It was discussed by the council whether the commission would be paid or if it would be volunteer based. The city has set aside funds in the general fund to cover costs of commission work, but has not allocated for time spent.

“I’m not sure any of our commissions spend money other than perhaps on training sessions,” said Mayor Tim McNeil. “The money that’s spent on these commissions tends to be things like photocopying, staff time and things like that. Other than that I can’t imagine this commission would spend any money.”

A motion was made to establish a historical commission.



Fire Chief Michelson has submitted a request to council to approve a bid advertisement for a new fire truck.

The city’s new fire truck would serve to replace its existing two rescue vehicles. These vehicles are designed to respond to medical calls and wildland fires. Two different sets of emergency equipment would be installed in the rescue vehicle. An important feature, as expressed by many in attendance, was that the vehicle has 4-wheel drive capabilities.

“We try to plan the right truck for the next 25 years so I don’t come back to you and say, ‘Hey I was wrong, we need a new truck,’ ” said Michelson. “In the long run, this will save you money because I’m asking to replace the 1988 pick up and the 1992 ambulance with one vehicle.”

“So there will be two sets of emergency equipment on one vehicle so it will have dual capabilities?” asked Councilor Eric Lucero. “To me, that makes more sense than buying two sets of equipment and two vehicles.”

“I’m in favor of the medical side of it, I’m not in favor of the way it’s written with both sets of equipment,” said Salonek. “Everyone wants a piece of the pie and the pie is only so big.”

A motion was made approving the fire truck bids. However, Michelson was asked to prepare a report with the cost of a dual-purpose emergency fire vehicle and a single purpose medical vehicle to be reviewed at a later meeting.


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