Following a very successful community supported fundraiser, the Shipshewana Fire Department is ready to order its new pumper truck, and received permission from the town council Thursday to do so.
The fundraiser last fall netted over $170,000 to go toward a pumper truck for the department. Fire Chief Chad Miller presented the council with three quotes, with the lowest being from Rocket Fire of Roberts, Ill., at $138,917 for a 3,500-gallon poly tank and 500 gallons per minute pump.
The council also approved ordering a new snowplow truck to replace a truck that caught fire last winter.
The council was told that the truck may take up to eight months for delivery. The low bidder, Hill Truck, had a bid of $138,595 and has told the town that they will give at least 30 days notice prior to delivery to give the town time to arrange financing. The council was told that the town can pull funds from the Cumulative Capital Fund if needed, and that Hill Truck does not require any partial payment or down payment prior to delivery.
In other business:
Town Marshal Tom Fitch announced that officer Austin Bontrager has resigned to take a post with the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department. Bontrager has told the department that he is willing to help when needed.
The council approved the purchase of four new pagers for the police department. The new pagers are $406 each and will work with the county’s narrow band system that goes into place later this year. Fitch told the council that the department was looking at close to $200 just to repair the current pagers that would not work with the new system.
The council approved Merle Yoder as a new firefighter, bringing the total at the department to 25.