Boardman getting new, bigger fire truck
A new ladder truck for the fire department should arrive by the middle of next month, the fire chief says. Fire Chief George Brown said the Quint Fire Truck with 100-foot ladder — 10 feet longer than the 21-year-old ladder truck being replaced — was originally going to be a demonstration truck for the truck company, but was able to be adapted to Boardman’s specifications.
Trustees approved purchasing the truck last week at a cost of $917,750 and township Administrator Jason Loree said the fiscal office is still determining if the township will buy the truck outright or work out a financing agreement.
“With our estate taxes, we could buy it outright,” Loree said.
The township has received $1.9 million in estate taxes, more than double the usual $600,000 to $700,000 it receives, Loree said. The estate tax, however, will no longer be collected beginning next year because of changes to state law.
Brown said the truck’s purchase was part of the township’s 2016 plan.
“It was an opportunity the board saw and we’re grateful that they took it,” Brown said.