City Coun­cil buys firetruck

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The Bella Vista City Coun­cil unan­i­mously ap­proved fi­nanc­ing for and the pur­chase of a new Pierce Class A cus­tom pumper firetruck, to be placed at Sta­tion 3, dur­ing its reg­u­lar meet­ing Mon­day.

The coun­cil passed an or­di­nance, with an emer­gency clause, to take a five-year loan through Re­gions Bank with a pro­posed 2.09 pe­cent in­ter­est rate to cover the $464,346 truck.

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

Ac­cord­ing to doc­u­men­ta­tion sent by Pierce Man­u­fac­tur­ing, the truck will be built once the or­der is placed and the fire de­part­ment will have its truck within one year. The truck’s nor­mal price, ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­ment, is $483,574, but Pierce is of­fer­ing a pre­pay dis­count of $22,129, along with a pay­ment bond at an ad­di­tional cost of $2,901, bring­ing the truck’s fi­nal cost to $464,346.

That bond, staff at­tor­ney Ja­son

Kel­ley said, 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.

Ad­di­tion­ally, he said at the work ses­sion, 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 this 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, he said, has the truck on loan, un­der the con­di­tion that it han­dles all main­te­nance and pays for in­sur­ance on it. Be­cause the city does not own this truck, he said, the county can take it back at any time and leave the fire de­part­ment short a truck.

The truck has cost the city roughly $30,000 so far in main­te­nance this year, he said, and it’s likely to con­tinue cost­ing money.

While there is a re­serve truck, he said, it’s even older.

Ad­di­tion­ally, he said, fire­fight­ers would ben­e­fit from a more ca­pa­ble truck. In the morethan-a-decade since this truck was made, he said, firetrucks have im­proved sub­stan­tially.

The cur­rent truck, he said, 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.”

The coun­cil also ap­proved the pur­chase of new pro­tec­tive gear for fire­fight­ers, al­low­ing the li­brary to spend do­na­tion funds, ac­cept­ing grant money for po­lice uni­forms and ap­point­ing the first batch of com­mis­sion­ers to the city’s newly-formed Ad­ver­tis­ing and Pro­mo­tion Com­mis­sion.

“It doesn’t re­ally have the power that it needs to have. It’s just time to re­place it.” Doug Fowler Coun­cil mem­ber

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