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Alden Town Board gives Millgrove volunteers permission to seek loan for purchase of used fire truck

The Millgrove Volunteer Fire Department will be able to buy a used fire truck in the coming months after the Alden Town Board this week gave the department permission to seek a loan through Alden State Bank.

The department, which is located at 11621 Genesee St., is in need of a newer truck, Supervisor Harry F. “Bud” Milligan said, noting that the truck being purchased is about 10 years old and is coming from Texas. The cost of the truck is about $450,000.

“A new truck costs upwards of $1.3 million,” he said.

In September, Millgrove held a public hearing on the truck issue that was sparsely attended, Milligan said. “As in most cases, nobody showed up,” he said.

The public hearing was a necessary step in the process, Town Attorney Jennifer L. Strong said. “Either the town or the Fire Department has to have a public hearing, and they took care of that,” she said.

Under Alden’s tax code, the town has to approve the department taking out the loan, Strong said.

In other business, the board passed a resolution calling on New York State to increase funding for state-run highways. The resolution is part of an effort to push the state to improve infrastructure, Milligan said.

Milligan also addressed the spread of rats into the suburbs, urging residents to place trash in a garbage can with a lid. He even wrote a poem on the issue.

“Rats won’t come if there’s nothing to eat,” he wrote. “So do yourself a favor, give yourself a treat. Everyone use a garbage can and keep your home and town neat.”