The Hamburg City Council approved last week the purchase of an emergency generator during a special-called meeting.

Hamburg City Clerk Peggy Akers said the council approved the purchase of a generator, but decided to put the purchase of a second item on the agenda — a tractor with the side arm for mowing at an angle —  on hold.

“I think they wanted to do some checking around and look into some things before agreeing to purchase that,” Akers said.

The generator the council approved for purchase was a used Generac 54KW and will be used at the Hamburg fire station.

“It’s something we needed because they need electricity, but one thing is if there is an ice storm that water in those fire trucks will freeze without it,” Akers said.

She did not say when the generator would be delivered, just that it was approved for purchase.

During the council’s last regular meeting, members and ProMed Chief Executive Officer Ken Kelley had discussed the need for a generator at the fire station.

Kelley told the council at that time that following the Jan. 11 tornadoes that tore through the area, the ambulance personnel on duty had to sit in the dark until power could be restored since they are required to be at the station 24 hours a day.

The council’s regular monthly meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday at City Hall. 

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