The Newburgh City Council will vote on whether or not to approve a new ladder truck for the City of Newburgh Fire Department during a regularly scheduled meeting tomorrow night.
The proposed resolution would award a bid to purchase a new, custom built, truck with a 105 foot ladder at a cost of $1,249,000. The truck would be created and delivered by Firematic Supply Company, a representative of Pierce Manufacturing.
The funding would come mostly from grant money. The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, a state agency, would provide $950,000 for the purchase. The remaining $299,000 would come from the city’s motor equipment budget line.
The City of Newburgh put the project out for bid and received two responses. The second bid came from Campbell Freightliner of Orange County, LLC for a slightly lower amount of $1,198,831. However, this contained prepayment options that are not defined in the bid.
In a memorandum to City Manager Todd Venning, Fire Chief F.J. Spinelli explained, “Unfortunately, we are not in a position to exercise any of the pre-payment options or add items due to budgetary constraints.”
Spinelli recommended awarding the bid to Firematic Supply Company. “Our history of repairs with our Spartan brand engines has not been good,” he stated in the memorandum.
The City Council is expected to vote on the purchase during their regular meeting which begins at 7:00pm tomorrow.