Lowell investigates purchase of new aerial firetruck

2013-03-25T22:00:00Z 2013-03-25T23:58:04Z Lowell investigates purchase of new aerial firetruckMelanie Csepiga Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
March 25, 2013 10:00 pm  • 

LOWELL | The Town Council is ready to jump on board with the lease/purchase of an aerial firetruck if the deal meets all legal requirements.

The Fire Department has an opportunity to acquire a $555,000 demonstration truck. However, the price falls under the "tag on" procedure in which the state already has established a price with the same specifications in another order, Charlie Scott told the council on behalf of Fire Chief Clint Gorball.

Lowell Clerk-Treasurer Judy Walters said there is ample money in the department's cumulative fire fund. However, she said she needs assurances the "tag on" procedure is acceptable to the State Board of Accounts.

The current aerial truck is 19 years old and has absorbed more than $10,000 in maintenance expenses in the last two years, Scott said.

Walters said she will call the state to learn if the "tag on" procedure is legally acceptable. If it is, going out for bids would not be necessary.

Scott said the demonstration truck is currently driving up and down the East Coast in search of a buyer and is on a two-week hold for the Lowell Fire Department.

The council tabled a decision Monday, but agreed Walters should pursue it if the state gives the OK. If not, the council agreed she should work with Gorball to establish specifications and begin the process to go out for bids.

Walters said there will be a $40,000 trade-in credit, so the end price would be $515,000.

Town Attorney David Westland said he was uncomfortable giving an opinion on the "tag on" to a contract he had not seen.

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