East Palestine purchasing new fire truck

EAST PALESTINE — A new fire truck is on its way for East Palestine.

Council gave a first reading to legislation this week allowing for the purchase of the new water tanker truck through Kovatch Mobile Equipment of Pennsylvania.

Finance Director Traci Thompson said the $275,000 International fire truck will be financed over two years using fire levy funds.

Voters last renewed the five-year 1.5-mill levy in 2013.

Thompson said the truck was included in the village’s 2017 budget, which council recently passed.

According to the fire department’s monthly activity report, firefighters have responded to 62 calls between January and February, five of which were structure fires.

Council also gave first reading to legislation allowing for the purchase of new equipment for the street department that has also been included in the 2017 budget.

The department is asking for a 2017 Ford F-350 truck with accessories that will cost $39,806, and a dump body that will cost $15,500.

Thompson said the equipment will be paid for out of the street fund, and not levy money.

Other legislation given a first reading was to allow Village Manager Pete Monteleone to negotiate a contract with MS Consultants on both the water improvement project and wastewater improvement project.

The company will be awarded separate contracts for the projects.

In other business, council approved legislation for the 2017 street paving project and a 2.25 percent wage increase for firemen hired after March 1, 1999 and a 2 percent increase for EMTs hired after March 30, 1992, and a 2 percent increase for advanced EMTs, paramedics, part-time dispatchers and part-time patrolmen and increasing the minimum wage of season summer outside labor park employees, effective Jan. 1.

A park board meeting was also scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday.