Wilton (ME) Buys Aerial Fire Apparatus

The Wilton select board on Monday bought a year-old aerial fire truck for less than half of what a new one would have cost with money previously approved by voters.

The ladder truck was used as a demonstration model in the past, has 5,000 miles on the odometer, and cost $500,000. A similar truck would have cost from $1.2 million to $1.4 million new, town officials said.

In November, residents voted 32-27 to approve spending up to $500,000 on a used aerial fire truck.

Officials said the 2013 HME aerial truck with a 78-foot platform will replace the town’s 40-year-old ladder truck, which was salvaged.

The truck would come with everything that the town needs in a firetruck except a generator and lettering. Town Manager Rhonda Irish said the town could take the generator from the former engine 7 and use it for the new firetruck. The lettering will cost an estimated $700 to $800, depending on the contractor, she said.

The exact financing for the truck has not been worked out, but Irish said the town could take up to $30,000 annually from the town’s tax increment financing money and the balance would need approval at the annual Town Meeting.

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