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Council to consider $5.4M bond Monday for fire trucks, equipment

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By Jenny Hartley

County Council will vote on a $5.4 million bond proposal to buy 18 new fire trucks and other fire equipment for the county during a special meeting Monday night.

Monday night's agenda includes a resolution declaring intent to buy the fire trucks through general obligation bonds. Another resolution council will consider authorizes the purchase of eight fire engines, eight rescue trucks and two tankers.

The $5.4 million bond would pay for eight trucks for county fire departments, plus $445,200 to buy 140 air-tank units and spare air cylinders for firefighters.

Some of the county's fire trucks date back to the 1970s, making them antiques.

If council approves the fire-equipment bond, it would add $12 to the tax bill of a $100,000 home, county Finance Director Veronica Thompson said.

Pierce, considered the "Cadillac" of fire trucks, came in with the low bid of about $4.6 million for the new vehicles. The price quote for the trucks is good until Nov. 1.

County officials have been discussing the proposal since late September.

County will consider an unrelated resolution to enter into a fee agreement with the Keith Corp. and Metso Power. The company, which makes industrial boilers, is looking to move to the Lancaster Business Park.

Monday's meeting starts at 6 p.m. in council chambers on the second floor of the County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St. For details, call 285-1565.