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Fire company seeks OK for aerial truck

The Akron Fire Company is looking for a green light from the Village Board to purchase a used aerial truck with a platform that can be raised and with the capability of handling up to six hoses.

Chief Donald K. Roth told the board at its work session Monday that the 10-year-old truck, available from the Dallas-Fort Worth Fire Company in Texas, would replace a ladder truck that the company purchased about seven years ago from an Amherst volunteer fire company.

Payments on the truck, with a total cost of about $250,000, would increase the fire company's monthly expenses by about $400.

After several questions of Roth from board members about truck usage and the cost, Mayor Carl E. Patterson suggested that the matter undergo further study by the Fire and Police Services Committee.

Patterson told Roth that decision did not signal opposition from the board, which must approve some fire company purchases, while noting that "it's tough for all of us in trying to manage costs" while maintaining services.

The board also heard a report from Paul Bowers of William Schutt & Associates, the village engineering firm, that four proposals have been received for design and construction administration on the deteriorated State Street Bridge, which has been closed for repairs.

The board would like a short-term fix that would allow at least emergency vehicles to use the bridge, in advance of receiving a federal grant for rebuilding the span in 2013.

Trustee Michael Middaugh, coordinator of the Streets, Parks and Community Relations Committee, said representatives of the firms submitting the proposals would be interviewed before the panel makes a recommendation.

In other business, the board agreed to accept a bid of $7,400 from NCM Contracting of Buffalo for a used salt/sander truck from the village Department of Public Works. Interim Public Works Superintendent Jon Cummings said the department is doing an inventory of its equipment and assessing its needs in anticipation of the move into a facility shared with the Town of Newstead.

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