Marion (NC) City Council Approves Fire Apparatus Purchase

The Marion City Council approved the purchase of a new pumper-tanker truck for the Fire Department.

Fire Chief Jim Neal appeared before council and said the city’s old pumper-tanker from 1993 is now on its third engine and is in need of replacement. After a discussion, council awarded the contract for the new pumper-tanker truck to 4 Guys Inc. of Meyersdale, Pa. This company submitted the low bid of $395,714. That figure does not include a $3,860 discount if one-half of the contract amount is paid at the time the chassis is delivered in about five months and a $2,500 discount if the city picks up the truck at the factory. The total net price for the truck will be $389,354, said city officials.

The anticipated delivery time for the truck is 330 days. The reason it takes so long is because the truck will be built from scratch at the plant in Meyersdale, Pa. The city will seek loan proposals from banks about two months ahead of the chassis delivery and the time that one-half of the contract amount must be paid.

City Manager Bob Boyette said this new truck will allow the 1993 truck to be moved to reserve status and a 1975 truck to be taken out of service entirely.

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