The Merrimac (MA) fire chief says he has found a deal where he can get a pumper and an aerial for $149,000 more than the cost of the aerial alone and he’s looking for voter approval to make the purchase, according to a report published by the Newburyport Daily News.
The newspaper reported that Merrimac voters approved the purchase of one combined aerial and pumper for $1.2 million at town meeting this past spring and the fire chief found a deal that he said will save the taxpayers about $700,000.
For an additional $149,000, the chief claims that he can buy two trucks, a pumper and an aerial, as a package deal and he needs the voters to approve the additional money to save more, the newspaper reported.
The funds are already in a stabilization fund, so no additional money would have to be raised, but the voters do need approve the additional expense, the newspaper reported.
The fire chief said Merrimac will be able to replace two vehicles for about the price of one, the paper said, noting the special town meeting will be held on Monday, Oct. 18 to gain voter approval for the proposal.