A low bid by a contractor to build a new ladder truck for the Kingston Fire Department is nearly $250,000 more than the Common Council authorized for the purchase.
According to a listing of bids submitted this week, KME-Kovatch Organization of Nesquehaning, Pa., submitted a low bid of $1,146,716 to manufacture the ladder truck.
The Kingston Common Council voted unanimously on Dec. 2, 2013, to authorize the city to borrow $900,000 to buy a new ladder truck. The low bid is $246,716 more than the bond authorization.
Two other bidders submitted proposals. Seagrave Fire Apparatus Limited Liability Corp. of Clintonville, Wis., bid $1,189,063, and Smeal Fire Apparatus of Snyder, Nevada, offered a bid of $ 1,196,035.
Fire Chief Mark Brown said it is likely he will have to appear before the Common Council again to request the additional funding. He said he will review the matter with City Comptroller John Tuey.
Brown had said he expected at least three bidders would submit proposals. The new truck is to replace one that often is out of service due to repairs.
The current ladder truck dates to 1998, and Brown has been pushing for its replacement. His predecessor, John Reinhardt, also called for a new ladder truck.
Brown has said he hopes a contract for the new truck can be finalized by the end of this year. It will take 12 to 18 months for the new truck to be built, he said.
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