Manchester aldermen OK three new fire trucks for $1.3 Million
The pumper trucks will replace three 18- to 27-year-old trucks scheduled to be taken out of service in the 2015 fiscal year, which starts July 1. Fleet Services Director Wesley Anderson, who oversees the city's Motorized Equipment Replacement Program, urged the aldermen to approve the contract before Dec. 31 to avoid a 2.5 percent price increase from the manufacturer, Greenwood Emergency Vehicles.
Mayor Ted Gatsas was involved in the negotiations over the price. He noted that the city was essentially getting three trucks for the price of two. The trucks will cost $435,754 each.
"We're keeping the fleet up to date," he said.
The Fire Department is currently seeking a $1 million federal grant to replace one of its aerial, or ladder, trucks. Fire Chief James Burkush said after the meeting it remained to be seen whether the city would win the grant, which he called "extremely competitive."
Burkush said the strain on the overtime budget was related to injuries.
Contract, dog rules OK'd
Also on Tuesday, the aldermen approved without discussion a new two-year contract with the union representing police support staff. They also OK'd a tougher dog fouling ordinance and moved forward another ordinance that would place greater restrictions on dogs deemed vicious.
The vicious dog ordinance sets penalties for dogs that have been found by a court to be "a nuisance, menace or vicious to persons or property." Tuesday's vote sends the ordinance to the Committee on Accounts.