The Tribune published an article yesterday concerning the need for a new fire truck. One of the arial trucks is broken down with engine trouble and the repair cost would be more than the truck is worth. I know that feeling, having been told that about a few cars we have owned.
The city has been presented with three options. Two trucks which reach 75 feet and cost from $622,000 to $690,000, and one truck which reaches 105 feet and costs $685,000. The 75 ft. trucks would not be available for a year and the 105ft. truck will be available in three months.
To me this is a no brainer. I can't even imagine what the council would have to debate.
Mrs. Garry said the city has $200,000 for a down payment and can make payments of $100,000 per year. At this rate the truck will be paid off in 72 months or less. Some cars are financed for a longer term than that.
I urge the council to approve the purchase of the 105ft truck at the next scheduled meeting.