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Plainville FD quests new fire truck

Building renovations and construction are not in the plans for the Plainville Fire District.

In the May 25 Messenger, a legal publication appearing on page 21 suggested the PFD was considering making improvements to the district's three fire station buildings.

The legal read "a special election to be held on Tuesday June 28 . . . for the purpose of voting upon . . . accumulating monies to finance the construction or reconstruction of improvements or additions to the fire district's existing buildings."

According to Andy Reeves, one of the PFD fire commissioners, the legal was a misprint (on behalf of the district's attorney) and should have referred to a vote proposing the purchase of a new fire truck for the district.

"The notice is wrong in the Messenger," Reeves said, adding the vote was postponed until July 19 due to the error. The district doesn't have any construction or reconstruction plans because of the current study being conducted on Lysander fire companies, he said.

Once the legal is reworded, residents within the PFD will be asked to vote on the proposition to purchase a new truck, a tanker and pumper, which costs $395,000. The plan is to bond for $150,000 towards the purchase of the tanker pumper and utilize reserves for the balance.

The PFD covers the area stretching from Jack's Reef on the south side to Church Road on the north side, the county line on the west side to the western outskirts of the village of Baldwinsville. This includes the following developments: Indian Springs, Giddings Crest, Whispering Oaks, Seneca Estates and River Mist.

Reeves said there are several reasons why the district is seeking purchase of a new tanker pumper, one being the current equipment is outdated.

"We have three trucks, one for each station. The newest one is 21 years old," he said.

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