Lincoln buys ladder truck for $176,000

Posted Dec. 16, 2009, at 9:32 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:08 p.m.

LINCOLN, Maine — Town firefighters will have a used, $225,000 aerial ladder truck by mid-January, replacing a ladder truck whose aerial unit has been offline since October, town officials said Wednesday.

Town officials were assembling the financial documentation Wednesday that will support the purchase of the ladder truck, a 1990 Spartan with a 100-foot aerial platform and 1,500-gallon-per-minute pumper, Town Manager Lisa Goodwin said.

Fire Chief Phil Dawson negotiated the $176,000 purchase price with the truck’s owner, the Stepney Fire Department of Monroe, Conn., after Lincoln residents voted 943-743 during the November election to approve appropriating as much as $225,000 to buy a used ladder truck.

“He did an excellent job negotiating the deal,” Town Council Chairman Steve Clay said Wednesday. “With the financing deal we got, his deal comes in under [the amount set by voters.] We got that truck and extra equipment.

“We should get at least 10 years or more out of the truck, depending on the usage,” Clay said of the Spartan. “The firefighters do a good job of maintaining equipment here and of recognizing problems before they happen. It will be a great asset to the town of Lincoln.”

The department’s sole ladder truck, a 1981 Mac that the town bought in 1993 for $49,500, has been offline since it failed its annual safety inspection in early October.

Of the 35 defects found in the truck, eight were rated as serious, warranting the vehicle being taken out of service; five were listed as “caution” warnings, warranting use with caution and recommending shutdown; and 12 were listed as needing repairs soon or within the next maintenance cycle.

The council opted to put the purchase before voters because Dawson warned that even with complete repairs, the Mac might not be reliable.

The Town Council voted 7-0 on Monday to approve the purchase.

The truck and associated equipment are the second truck and parts package purchased in the Lincoln Lakes region from a Connecticut fire department since last month.

The Lee Fire Department purchased for $1 a 1988 pumper truck from the Webster Hose, Hook & Ladder Company 3 of Ansonia. The New Haven Fire Department also donated 1,500 feet of used fire hose to Lee. That truck is in service.

Lincoln’s new truck has 16,000 miles on it and 2,300 hours on its engine, Dawson said.

“The truck is in excellent condition. There were a couple of minor issues with it,” Dawson said.

Rusty Stanley, a mechanic with S&S Transportation Inc. of Lincoln, inspected the truck and found that it needed a new bearing and universal joint, which Stepney will replace.

The truck will be certified as completely ready before the purchase is concluded, Goodwin said.

As throw-ins to the deal, Stepney donated 1,000 feet of 5-inch hose, two ventilation fans and several other pieces of equipment the truck requires — a value of about $6,400, Dawson said.

Stepney has purchased a new ladder truck that carries its own versions of that equipment.

Gorham Savings Leasing Group LLC financed the purchase at 4.6 percent over nine years, or $23,252 annually, Goodwin said.

Gorham is a wholly owned subsidiary of Gorham Savings Bank that offers lease financing for small businesses and municipal clients, according to gorhamsavingsbank.com.

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