AZTEC — City commission will meet today to take up everything from funding tigers sculptures to fire trucks. And the cost is not small. Despite how that may seem, the expense is not kid stuff.

During today's commission workshop, held at 5:15 p.m., City Manager Joshua Ray will be hoping for good news and not growls over funding public art, namely the citywide installation of fiberglass tigers, which could run around $2,000 each.

Ray and Projects Manager Ed Kotyk see the proposed Siberian tiger sculptures as striking and memorable visuals that honor the accomplishments of the schools, symbolize community pride, and add a much needed boost to the city's economic development efforts.

"Of course we couldn't be more proud of our reigning state champs," Ray said, referring to high school football team's come-from-behind title victory, its first state title in 58 years. "We celebrate tigers here, and public art is a multifaceted way we can combine our hometown pride and spirit with the opportunity to raise funding for scholarships."

On the agenda for the regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. is approving the purchase of a $750,000 aerial ladder fire truck.

Money to pay for the new fire truck would come from the State Fire Fund, which now has close to $1 million.

Pete's Equipment Repair of Albuquerque would supply the truck, which can take nearly one year to build.


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Also up for consideration are water rights appropriations by the city and a streamlined system for signage used at parks and trails.

The public is encouraged to attend the workshop and commission meeting, held at City Hall, 201 W. Chaco.