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Wellsville council orders 2 new fire trucks for $1M plus

WELLSVILLE –Village council’s first order of business once receiving word that Wellsville was released from fiscal emergency was to purchase two new vehicles for its fire department

Members attended the teleconference Wednesday to witness the action; however, Ohio Public Meetings Law prevented them from acting on anything not on the published agenda after the session, so members had to schedule.another meeting 24 hours after that one.

So the action was swift at 7 p.m. Thursday during the special meeting for the $1 million purchase of two new trucks, one each of a 2020 E-One 75-foot ladder truck ($798,740) and the other a 2020 E-One VM8 pumper ($225,000) from Advantech Service ad Parts out of Midvale, Ohio.

Council members approved the ordinance, which is using some of the revenue generated by a fire levy that was recently renewed to replace their outdated equipment. Voters renewed the five-year, seven-mill fire levy, which generates $179,000 annually, on Nov. 3.

The village will pay $1,052,740 over 15 years to lease the equipment at a 3.17 percent interest with annual payments.

After signing the proposal, which the legislation directs Fire Chief Barry Podwel and Village Administrator Jarrod Grimm to do, the agreement must have credit approval.

At the conclusion of payoff, the village owns the vehicles.

Chief Podwel first bridged the issue after securing three bids in January; however, Mayor Nancy Murray and councilmembers expressed concern about the state’s Financial Planning and Supervision Commission approving the purchase due to the village being in fiscal emergency.

Podwel also walked the council through the 2019 fire run report. He reported the fire department responded to 95 calls by the end of 2019. The calls the department responded to include 12 wire down, nine structure fires, eight investigations, eight unauthorized burning, five brush fires, four gas odor, and two vehicle fires.

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