Lake Placid to buy new aerial fire truck

Village board meets

Members of the Lake Placid Village Board meet.

Members of the Lake Placid Village Board meet. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— Members of the Lake Placid Village Board spent much of their March 5 meeting discussing ways to improve the community, including the purchase of a fire truck, sign posts and software for the wastewater treatment plant.

On top of the agenda was the purchase of an aerial fire truck for the Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department. Trustees and Mayor Craig Randall approved a bond resolution to borrow an amount not to exceed $1 million to buy a Pierce truck and awarded the bid to Tyler Fire.

“Everybody’s bought into the fact that the Pierce is the truck that fits our needs,” said Trustee Zay Curtis.

There were four bids from three companies, and fire department officials were able to see the trucks, drive them and park them in the firehouse. Village officials decided not to purchase a new truck; instead, they looked at demonstration models that are being driven around the country for sales calls. The Pierce aerial truck has 5,000 miles and will be spruced up at the manufacturing plant before it is delivered to Lake Placid in a few months. New trucks are too expensive, according to board members.

“It’s substantially more money,” Curtis said, adding that a new truck with the same features would run more than $1 million.

The Pierce truck will cost $921,863, and the bonding is for 20 years.

Mayor Randall said this kind of aerial truck is needed in Lake Placid with its taller buildings; otherwise, the larger resorts would be paying higher insurance premiums.

“We got 30 years out of the current truck,” Randall said. “I think it’s reasonable to believe that we’ll see 20 years out of the present equipment that’s being proposed.”

The purchase was approved by Randall and trustees Curtis, Peter Holderied and Jason Leon. Trustee Art Devlin was not present.

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