City Manager Dave Martin says city commissioners have decided against using a general obligation bond to purchase a new ladder truck and pumper truck. Martin says the city will purchase the new pumper truck in the next several weeks, but it will likely be after the first of the year before the new ladder truck is purchased. Martin says the city recently became eligible for a Community Development Block Grant that will be awarded next year. If the grant is approved, it would cover roughly $700,000 to $800,000 of the roughly $1.2 million cost of a new ladder truck. Martin says with the growth the city has seen, the new truck is badly needed.
“We feel with, like, the growth of our city, with the victorian homes, the apartments we have downtown and businesses growing, we have always thought that we would go after a 100 foot platform truck. it is safer for our community, and it is safer for our firefighters, and the state feels like that’s what we need,” says Ft. Scott City Manager Dave Martin.
Martin says the city will have to put the purchase of both vehicles out for bid before any purchase is made.