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Topeka ready to order fire truck

The Topeka Town Council approved signing the contract to order a new fire truck at its Monday meeting.

 The cost of the truck will be paid in full by the town using TIF district funds, with Eden and Clearspring townships contributing one-third of the cost each.

The overall cost of the custom-built truck is $645,731. However, by paying the full cost up front, the town receives a discount of $22,800, for a final cost of $622,931.

The truck will be delivered within a year, according to Fire Chief Stewart Bender.

Town attorney Bill Eberhard also told the council that, according to state officials, the town can use TIF funds to build a new fire station. Although no plan or timetable is set for a new station, it is part of the town’s five-year plan for the TIF district, making it eligible for the funds.

In other business:

The council will open bids for fall street projects at their September 9 meeting.

The council will hold budget hearings at the September 23 meeting, with the budget adoption set for October 14.

Town Manager Ron Eash is stepping down to return to the position of street superintendent.