The city is buying a new aerial fire truck

By David Skolnick


The city’s board of control approved a contract to spend $1,045,816 over the next decade to buy an aerial truck for the fire department.

The 95-foot aerial truck replaces a 22-year-old 100-foot truck that is in poor condition, said Fire Chief John J. O’Neill Jr. The department also has a 100-foot aerial it will continue to use.

The board approved the purchase at its Thursday meeting.

The city is providing a $150,000 down-payment and paying the rest in annual installments of $89,581.63 for 10 years.

Also Thursday, the board agreed to give a $50,000 grant through its small-business initiative program to Hudson Fasteners as part of the company’s $256,217 project.

Hudson, located in the Youngstown Business Incubator on West Federal Street, is a wholesaler of screws, bolts, nuts, fasteners and similar items.

The company’s investment is largely in software equipment and the salaries to add five full-time jobs over the next three years, said T. Sharon Woodberry, the city’s economic development director.

The board also agreed with the recommendation of Charles Shasho, deputy director of the public-works department, not to accept either of the two proposals for window replacement at the city-owned 20 Federal Place downtown office building.

Both proposals exceeded the city’s $300,000 estimated cost. Revised proposals that change how the windows would be installed and thus reduce the cost should be ready in a week or two, Shasho said.

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