Hamburg City Council has focused on the need for generators during the last month and during a special-called meeting Feb. 13 members approved the purchase of one emergency generator that will be housed at the new fire station.

The generator council approved for purchase was a used Generac 54KW.

“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,” City Clerk Peggy 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.

Council has also discussed the need for a generator at city hall, where the storm warning siren is housed. 

Members are expected to further discuss this possible purchase at Monday night’s meeting, which was scheduled to occur after press time.

Akers said the purchase of a second item, a tractor with the side arm for mowing at an angle, was put on hold during the special meeting. 

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

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