Liberty Township trustees approved more than $215,000 in fire department spending during the last two board meetings, including the purchase of a new ambulance.
At a special board meeting Friday, June 14, Fire Chief Tim Jensen appealed to Trustees Curt Sybert and Mary Carducci to purchase a new medic vehicle at a cost of $210,000. Trustee Melanie Leneghan was absent.
Jensen said the purchase was in the department's capital spending plan in 2011 and the vehicle was expected to be delivered in 2012, but because of budget strains, the current 2001 model remained in the reserve fleet.
"We deferred because of the levy, but we can't wait much longer because these vehicles are usually replaced every four to five years, and we're well past that," Jensen said.
"We need a truck that has a refrigerator, because a lot of the medicines we carry now need to be kept cold, and we need an inverter and airbags in the back of the vehicle," he added.
Although EMS vehicles typically take six to eight months to be built and delivered, the president of Horton Emergency Vehicles has agreed to expedite the process. A Horton representative at the meeting said the department should expect to have the new medic vehicle on the road in September.
The 2001 Ford vehicle being replaced has 130,000 miles and is costing the department an average of $266 per month in maintenance. Jensen said that vehicle will be placed for sale on GovDeals, a government surplus auction website, and the department's 2005 model ambulance will become the reserve vehicle.
At the board's meeting Monday, June 17, Sybert and Leneghan approved a five-year contract with Koorsen Fire & Security to provide fire alarms and sprinkler systems at Station 322 on Liberty Road. Carducci was absent.
The initial set-up and installation of the fire monitoring and suppressing system is $203, and quarterly payments of $104 must be made for the duration of the contract.
Trustees also approved $5,352 for repairs made in May to a fire engine's brakes, engine and lift cylinders.
Jensen also updated trustees at this week's meeting on a cot purchase that was made possible through a donation from the Threlfall family. The family asked that gifts in memory of the late Barb Threlfall be made to the fire department; $2,690 was raised.
The donations covered more than half the cost of the cot, which was delivered this week. The department chipped in $1,500 from its own budget to make the purchase. Jensen said the new cot withstands more weight than any of the others on hand.
"Her family is proud that we were able to make such a worthy purchase in Barb's memory," Jensen said.