The city is replacing a 22-year-old, 100-foot aerial platform truck for the Fire Department, but it will be a 23-year-old truck before it’s gone.
The city’s Board of Public Works and Safety approved the lease/purchase of the truck from Pierce Manufacturing, of Appleton, Wis., for $1,062,917. Fire Chief Greg DeLor and City Attorney David Nicholls said Pierce was the only one of four bidders to meet the specifications sought by the department.
The only other possible bidder was offering a demonstration model, but Nicholls said the city will be getting a brand new truck for only $30,000 or $40,000 more. It is estimated the city will receive about $55,000 for the old truck, which is expected to be purchased by a broker, refurbished and resold.
DeLor said the existing platform truck recently had to have about $6,000 in repairs done to the hydraulics before it could be recertified for service, but it is down for repairs again. The new truck won’t be ready for about 9 1/2 months. The city is deciding whether to do the lease/purchase over a 10-year or 15-year period.
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