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City considers new $578,000 heavy rescue truck

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"It's important to get this because we're starting to have some mechanical failures with the one we have now." - Victor Williams

The Gallatin Fire Department may replace one of its most utilized vehicles with a new $578,000 heavy rescue truck.

An ordinance appropriating an additional $398,255 for the purchase gained initial approval Tuesday from the Gallatin City Council. There has already been $180,000 set aside for the project.

"It's important to get this because we're starting to have some mechanical failures with the one we have now," Fire Chief Victor Williams said following the meeting. "It's our busiest piece of apparatus in the city and it's probably in the worst condition of any of our other pieces at this time."

The heavy rescue truck would replace the department's 20-year-old utility vehicle stationed downtown and would be designed to carry specific types of equipment. It would respond to a variety of calls including medical emergencies, wrecks, swift water rescues and other technical response situations.

A final vote to fund the purchase is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 19. If approved, the new equipment will take approximately one year to be delivered, according to Williams.

Final vote set for 216-unit apartment complex

In other business, city leaders are also expected to take a final vote in two weeks on a proposed 216-unit apartment complex on Long Hollow Pike near Vietnam Veterans Boulevard.

A request to amend the preliminary master development plan for Hunter Pointe to allow for the apartments to be built on 19.38 acres across from the Fairway Farms subdivision gained initial approval from the city council last month despite not being supported by the city's planning commission.

"By changing the development to put apartments in, you're going to add 200-plus more cars to this already growing problem," Fannis Circle resident Mike Turturice said during a public hearing on the project Tuesday. "We love Gallatin and we don't want to see this happen in our neighborhood. (Traffic) is only going to get worse."

The estimated daily trips generated by the apartment complex would decrease approximately 24 percent when compared to the previously approved plan, which included 130,680 square feet more of commercial space, according to a staff report on the project from the city's planning department.

However, a traffic study also found that the level of service for the adjacent Fairway Farms subdivision would worsen from a rating of "D" to "F" if the project was built.

The final vote on the project is scheduled to take place Tuesday, Sept. 19 and will be held at city hall. The meeting begins at 6 p.m.

If approved, construction of Hunter Pointe would occur in phases, according to a preliminary development schedule submitted to the city's planning department earlier this year. The apartments would be finished in the spring of 2019 with the entire project being completed in 2020.

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