Fire Chief Bob Tutko proposed leasing a new fire truck but was meant with push back from officials, reports Effingham Daily News.
The replacement was planned for 2018, but was delayed because the fire chief retired. When the COVID-19 pandemic struck in 2020, the purchase was delayed again.
The proposed fire engine will cost about $650,000, spread out over a five-year lease. The engine is sold by fire truck manufacturer E-ONE and was custom designed by a committee of Effingham firefighters. The cost makes some city officials uneasy amid ongoing discussion about the city’s mounting fire and police pension payments.