Majority of city council supports ladder truck purchase

Norwalk faces with spending about $900,000 for fire department vehicle.
Scott Seitz2
Dec 1, 2012

Norwalk City Councilman Stephen Schumm said at this week's council meeting he's still not comfortable with spending about $900,000 on a new ladder truck for the fire department.

"I don't know what it would cost to limp through another year," Schumm said about trying to get one more year out of the 1983 ladder truck.

But a polling of council members after the meeting showed Schumm is in the minority.

A story about this subject was published in the Reflector.

 

Comments

jack langhals

Gee,it seems like we just talked about buying the old one.How do they deteriorate that fast,can't be the mileage.Do they wash it too often ?

Contango

Too bad that the city wasted money buying the old lumber yard property for a fire house that will probably never be built in the appreciable future.

Too bad that the then mayor-elect didn't speak up and attempt to block it.

Too bad that the residents will have to pay for budgetary malfeasance.

KURTje

State Farm protects. No one needs this.

Dusty

You can buy a reconditoned truck for far less than 900k I'm thinking around 400k triad the old one in and get it for less. I don't know why it would have to be brand new.

swiss family

can you trade in a fire truck??? I have never seen a used fire truck lot, where they take trade ins, but that doesn't mean there isn't such a thing??? it would be cool to check it out.. do you know where there is one?

Dusty

Sure a quick search found lots of places that sold new and used truck that will take the truck in on trade. There's one place www.Fentonfire.com that has a brand new 2011 ladder truck left over for $425,000.00 I would think you could find a deal out there if you looked around. That truck itself can't be that bad send it in and have it updated and recertified. I just don't think there looking at all the options here. $900,000.00 is alot of money.

2sense

let them use your little giant ladder

swiss family

can you trade in a fire truck??? I have never seen a used fire truck lot, where they take trade ins, but that doesn't mean there isn't such a thing??? it would be cool to check it out.. do you know where there is one?

Game time

What do they need this for to respond to EMS calls? lol

onlyfacts

Just what wears out on a ladder truck that causes it to be not good enough??

Dusty

What ever it is it can be replaced for far less that 900K !!

ThomasJefferson

With such a flourishing work outlook, and growing economy in Huron county right now, all there will be soon is a multi million dollar firestation with $900,000 vehicles...protecting a ghost town. We need to clean house the next time these council members are up for election.

fedup2

Well put "ThomasJefferson". Wouldn't it be cheaper just parking an EMS vehicle at the fire station? That is all I see for the majority of calls anyway.

KnuckleDragger

Not Really. North Central EMS already provides the city with EMS services for significantly less than the FD could. Why would they park an EMS vehicle at the Fire Station? They already have a station on Woodlawn Ave that they own and pay the utilities on. If the Fire Department did EMS it would cost them nearly double to do it and the initial investment for vehicles, equipment, additional personnel, and training would cost much more than the $900K that will be spent on a new ladder truck.

hillbilly15

Need a ladder truck that goes over 7 storys and the tallest storys we have is 4 so wat they gonna do with 3 more to go...... clean the clock on the court house

Dr. Information

Ask the city of willard. They did the same thing years back if I remember correctly. Bought a ladder truck that can reach 8 stories. Willard has nothing over 3. Waste of money but with a city manager who slobbers over the fire department......that's what you get.

Dusty

And we all know there going to say "We'll the money's in the budget" Just because its in there you don't have to spend 900k on a truck. I'm sure there's other thing the city needs.

Contango

The CC can just do what they did in order to "find" the funds in order to buy latest garbage truck - overbudget and discover excess revenue.

"Free money"! Ain't accounting grand?