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Westfield Village Board discusses replacing fire department truck

May 5, 2016
By Amanda Dedie ( , Westfield Republican

A number of topics were discussed at a recent Westfield Village Board meeting, including the purchase of a replacement for the fire department's Rescue 291 (R291) truck.

According to Mayor Mike VandeVelde, Rescue 291, which is over 30 years old, is currently out of commission, and would be more cost-effective to replace rather than to keep repairing it. The village would like to model the new truck after a demo truck that has only ever gone back and forth to trade shows. The board would like to go out to bid for a truck with similar specs to the demo truck to replace R291.

The demo truck hails from Canada, VandeVelde noted. It has all American parts, but was assembled in Canada, and Chrystler does not reciprocate a warranty from Canada to the U.S., so if anything ever happened to the truck, it would have to go back to Canada to be repaired.

The cost of the demo truck is $118,000, but that does not necessarily mean that is what the bids will come in at.

The fire department also reported there were 439 incidents in the past month and 47 hours of overtime.

Three fire calls, four motor vehicle accidents, 39 emergency medical service calls and three service calls were reported for the month of March.

The department of public works reported 1.9 hours of overtime.

The electrical department reported 27 hours of overtime, and a request to purchase electric system poles for $1,398 was approved.

The sewer department reported no overtime. The water department reported 1.4 hours of overtime.

The treasurer requested and received approval of the 2016-17 water, electric and sewer fund budgets, as well as for the remaining unpaid water and sewer bills to be added to the tax roll.

The village clerk requested and received approval to go out for competitive bid for the Eason Hall roof replacement.

Recreation Department Director Andrew Webster reported that he went to Buffalo to take his certified pool operator exam and passed with a score of 98 percent. This certification is good for five years.

Pilates will continue to meet at Eason Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The Youth Job Service is available for residents needing help with odd jobs.

Adult Open Soccer and Basketball will continue at Westfield Academy and Central School.

Eason Hall's auditorium is available for walkers most days during the day.

The rec department is currently working on getting Smith and Welch fields ready to play for Westfield Little League's minor league, T-ball and Little League softball programs.



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