By David Hazledine
MILFORD — Milford Volunteer Fire Department will have a new pumper truck in approximately one year after Van Buren Township Advisory Board approved the purchase at a special meeting on Aug. 25.
After a final run-through of the specifications, Chief Todd Haines reported a final cost of $412,760, less than the $430,000 appropriated, after choosing to shorten the wheel base to improve the truck’s turning radius when exiting the station.
The purchase was also made through Sourcewell, a cooperative purchasing agreement, which according to Township Trustee Rebecca Alles, shaved 8.35% from the cost.
The savings will likely go toward accessories for the truck, including 400 feet of large diameter hose, valves and nozzles.
The old pumper truck is expected to go up for sale in the near future.
The township board will be holding a public hearing for the 2021 budget at 6 p.m., Sept. 15, at the township office, 101 S. Main St., Milford, followed by an adoption meeting on Sept. 29.