Bella Vista Coun­cil OKs fi­nanc­ing for firetruck

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES - KEITH BRYANT

BELLA VISTA — The City Coun­cil ap­proved fi­nanc­ing to buy a new Pierce Class A cus­tom pumper firetruck for Sta­tion 3 dur­ing a re­cent meet­ing.

The coun­cil agreed to a five-year loan through Re­gions Bank with a 2.09 pe­cent in­ter­est rate to cover the $464,346 truck.

Coun­cil mem­ber John Flynn said the city would save money by buy­ing the truck with cash up front.

Ac­cord­ing to Pierce Man­u­fac­tur­ing, the truck will be built once the or­der is placed and the Fire Depart­ment will have its truck within a year. The truck’s nor­mal price is $483,574, but Pierce is of­fer­ing a $22,129 pre-pay dis­count.

Staff at­tor­ney Ja­son Kel­ley said a bond was pro­vided by the com­pany as part of the pur­chase. Dur­ing the pre­vi­ous week’s work ses­sion, he said this bond pro­vides the city with pro­tec­tion if the truck is never de­liv­ered.

Kel­ley also said loan pay­ments will need to be­gin im­me­di­ately, though the city will not have its truck right away.

Coun­cil mem­ber Doug Fowler said he met with fire­fight­ers at Sta­tion 3, off Glas­gow Road, where the truck would be placed.

“The truck that’s op­er­at­ing out of Sta­tion 3 right now, it’s a 2005 model and it’s cur­rently owned by the county,” he said.

The city has the truck on loan, un­der the con­di­tion it han­dles all main­te­nance and pays for in­sur­ance on it. Be­cause the city doesn’t own this truck, the county can take it back at any time and leave the depart­ment short a truck, he said.

The truck has cost the city roughly $30,000 in main­te­nance this year, he said. While there’s a re­serve truck, it’s even older.

The cur­rent truck has dif­fi­culty climb­ing hills.

“It doesn’t re­ally have the power that it needs to have,” he said. “It’s just time to re­place it.”

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