GLENWOOD | The Village Board on Tuesday tabled a request by Fire Chief Kevin Welsh to buy a new fire pumper.
Welsh said the village has one pumper at each of its two fire stations, as well as a ladder truck at one of the stations.
He said the village's 2013-14 budget has no money allocated for a new pumper, but the village could make five annual payments of about $89,600 to pay for it, beginning with the 2014-15 budget.
Earlier this year, Glenwood donated a firetruck to the city of Gary.
"I just can't for the life of me understand why we would have donated a fire truck to the city of Gary, and put ourselves in a trick bag by where now we have to spend $400,000 because we're a pumper short," Village President Kerry Durkin said.
Welsh said the donated truck was almost 30 years old and would have been scheduled for replacement soon.
He said that if a pumper goes in for repairs or is assisting another town, the village would be a pumper short on one side of town with the current fleet.
"We're just going to be somewhat limited in our backup capabilities," Welsh said.
He said the village's two pumpers are 7 and 18 years old.
"Our next major purchase after this one would be slated for 2024," Welsh said.
Trustee Terry Campbell, a former Glenwood firefighter and paramedic, argued for the new pumper and called for a vote on the purchase, but his motion died for lack of a second.
"The NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) recommends that you replace a pumper in 20 years," Campbell said. "This village has never met that spec."
In other action last week:
• The board voted unanimously to approve the reclassification of paid-on-call firefighter/emergency medical technician Randy Glover to full-time status as fire/building inspector at an annual starting salary of $39,423.
• The board postponed a vote on an agreement to bring AT&T U-verse service to the village.
Trustee Paul Styles said he was awaiting information on whether the control boxes needed to provide the television and Internet services could be installed in easements behind houses as opposed to parkways in front of homes.
"I'd like to table the motion until AT&T shows up and shows us one of these boxes," Campbell said.
• The board ratified the purchase of playground equipment for Hickory Glen Park in the amount of $39,801.
Village Administrator Donna Gayden said the money needed for the purchase is provided for in the 2013-14 budget.