Members of the Colo City Council viewed Colo Fire and Rescue’s newest fleet addition Monday night, the department’s new ambulance. In addition to the latest life-saving technologies onboard, the vehicle also features a backup camera, as well as side mirrors to assist anyone driving the vehicle in transit to or from a medical emergency. The sirens are also purposely loud in order to alert fellow motorists when the ambulance is near.

Colo-NESCO Superintendent Jim Walker also briefly spoke to the council on the happenings in the district. A task force is currently assessing buildings in all three towns of the district regarding safety and security, and will report back to the school board during its next meeting on Aug. 19. Walker also mentioned that the district’s preschool numbers have climbed from 43 to 55, at least that the district is aware of as of last night.

Mark Wieland of the Dog House Bar also spoke to the council regarding the business’s interest in expanding with an outdoor serving area on Main Street, and an update on the outside appearance of the structure. Wieland told the council that the Heartland Chapter of the Leatherneck Motorcycle Club, with whom the bar is associated, has donated over $28,000 to Iowa veterans’ associations this year.

In other news, the City Council will see two slots open for re-election, while the Colo-NESCO school board will have four seats open; elections for both will take place on Nov. 5. Candidates for school board and for council must file nomination papers by Sept. 19.