Paola purchases new fire truck

By Brian McCauley
Miami County Republic – April 22, 2015

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The Paola Volunteer Fire Department soon will have a shiny new fire engine to add to its fleet.
Paola City Council members last week agreed to purchase a 2014 Sutphen SP70 single axle aerial platform fire truck for $750,000. City Manager Jay Wieland said the cost for a brand new custom model could have exceeded $1 million, but the city got a deal because the truck has been used as a demo model to display at shows and has 15,000 miles on it.
“This saves us a considerable amount of money,” Wieland said.
The truck will replace the city’s 36-year-old telesquirt ladder truck. The city plans to sell the old ladder truck, as well as an old reserve pumper truck, and officials estimate the vehicles to bring about $15,000 each. The additional revenue will be added to the city’s Fire Department Equipment Reserve Fund.
The city recently solicited bids from local banks for lease financing options to purchase the truck, and the council members last week agreed to select First Option Bank because it offered the lowest fixed rate of 2.283 percent over 15 years.
For the first four years of the lease contract, the debt service payments will be made from the quarter-cent sales tax that was previously approved by voters for the fire station and equipment.

In other business–

Approved an addendum to the city’s agreement with Miami County Fire District No. 1 that increases the compensation level paid to the city by the district from $25 to $30 per emergency run within the district’s territory.
The change brings the district’s payments in line with the compensation currently paid to firefighters by the city for fire calls. The addendum also increases the compensation paid for each firefighter attending training sessions from $15 to $20 and the amount paid for scheduled routine maintenance on district equipment from $15 to $20.

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