A new fire truck will become part of the Manlius fire department's fleet in less than 90 days.
The Manlius Village Board on Oct. 20 approved 5-1 the emergency purchase of a $318,046 fire engine to replace a 20-year-plus broken one. The decision took place during part two of two special meetings over the last few weeks.
The aging, broken fire engine has a five-foot long crack in its frame and Fire Chief Paul Whorrall told the board at the first meeting Oct. 13 that it would be prudent to replace it quickly. The board qualified the purchase as an emergency, so competitive bidding was not necessary.
Trustee Natalie Miner was the sole member opposed. She wanted the board to look into a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant which, after more discussion, Trustee Harold Hopkinson suggested the board should consider for the purchase of a ladder truck next spring. To apply now would be too late and there would be a chance the grant would be denied, resulting in higher costs. Trustee Eric Krouse was concerned about dragging out the process for financial reasons, and said he had no interest in sinking thousands of dollars into an old engine while waiting on a grant request.
After the vote, discussion ensued on payment options, which the board plans to discuss in detail at a later date.