Fire Dept. To Obtain Three New Trucks

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The Payson Fire Department is going to take a chance that it is not cursed when it comes to getting more vehicles.

At the Nov. 14 meeting of the town council, Fire Chief John Ross asked for and was given approval to add three more vehicles.

Called an alternative apparatus purchase plan, the department will use the $600,000 budgeted for one new ladder truck to buy one used ladder truck and two new fire engines.

The department bought a new ladder truck last year, but it caught fire on the trip up the mountains from Phoenix.

Ross said the department is shopping for a used ladder truck with an 85-foot or longer ladder, made between 1980 and 1988.

“Better insurance rates will be available for citizens with a ladder truck,” Ross told the council.

The new fire engines are a brush truck and a pumper.

Ross also sought and won approval to purchase a generator for the Main Street fire station at a price of $21,564. The purchase had been budgeted at $22,000.

Currently the station is using an old surplus military generator. The parts are obsolete, so it is becoming more difficult to make repairs, Ross said.

Other purchases approved by the council at its Nov. 14 meeting:

  • A $111,101 modular building to be used as an office by the water department’s field services personnel. The money will come from the Water Enterprise Fund. The cost had originally been budgeted for $135,000.
  • An $8,194 Polaris Ranger 2x4 for the water department’s meter-reading activities. The money will come from the Water Enterprise Fund, with the purchase made from Four-Seasons Motorsports of Rye.
  • $93,900 for lights and $4,154 for a control link for the new multi-purpose field at Rumsey Park. The original amount budgeted was $100,000, to come from the Local, Regional and State Park Heritage Fund Grant and the Park Development Fund.

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