Three bids were received on the
75-foot quint fire apparatus:
Fire Apparatus and
Supply Team of Lincoln bid $578,750.
KME Fire Apparatus
of Pennsylvania bid $580,255.
Truck Centers of
Troy bid $598,574.
The department received a low-interest loan through the state for
It was with expressed gratitude to be doing business locally that
the aldermen voted to accept the low bid submitted by Fire Apparatus
and Supply Team of Lincoln, with an added $1,200 option for added
warranty on the engine. The business, owned by Steve Garner, is
newly relocated in Lincoln since last year.
Disclosure was made that the business does employ one of the
department's firefighters, Rick O'Hara, but that his employment had
no factor in the city choosing this bid.
A committee from the fire department worked nearly a year at
developing the specs of the new equipment. That committee was
composed of Assistant Chief Mark Miller, Lt. Ben Roland, fire
inspector Chris Harding, and firefighters James Reed and Todd
Garner also said that getting or not getting the bid would not
have influenced O'Hara's employment with his business. He and his
wife worked on this bid.
fire apparatus will take nearly a year to build. Adjustments and
changes to the order can be made as the base is made in the first
month or two, fire Chief James Davis said.
Davis was particularly happy to see the truck go on order as it
completes the top two goals that he had set when he accepted the
position as chief; first was new air packs and second, a new truck.
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Sewers and stuff (water-related)
The council agreed to move forward in examining the main sewer
line along Campus View Drive. Lincoln Christian College made a
request to the city to consider taking over responsibility for the
line. The first step was agreed to determine its condition by
The boiler at the wastewater treatment plant would not fire up
for the season when manager Dave Kitzmiller tried it on Oct. 22. The
problem was a cracked firebox that needed replacing. Proposals were
sought and two came in. Kitzmiller said that he choose the higher
proposal at $6,150 because of added information the company supplied
in the proposal.
Plans to replace the south plant lift station have come back
sooner than anticipated. Engineering design work done by Donohue and
Associates has been approved by the EPA quicker than anticipated,
Kitzmiller said. The project was put into this year's fiscal year
budget, which ends on April 30, 2008. The council granted him
permission to go out for bids.
A bad batch of valve balls has hindered a project at the plant to
change over from chlorine gas to liquid. Kitzmiller said he devised
a temporary setup that made it possible to meet the changeover date.
New valve balls are on order.
[By JAN YOUNGQUIST]