Methuen City Council Mulls New Fire Truck
METHUEN, Mass. — The best approach to replacing a damaged apparatus would be a new truck, according to Methuen Fire Chief Steven Buote. But some councilors felt it is too early to talk about spending money from next year’s budget.
Buote told councilors the engine would cost about $550,000 and could be included in next year’s budget. The truck would likely require a lead time of approximately 9 months. The older truck was retired because of a cracked frame.
Several councilors appeared resistant, saying that with the current budget’s tax rate still not set as the council awaits data from the state Department of Revenue, the timing is wrong to talk about major expenditures in the 2016 budget.
Engine 3, a 1997 pumper, was taken out of service in May due to a severe crack in the frame. It was replaced by Engine 2, the only reserve engine and a 1999 model. It is assigned to the West End fire station.
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