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2018-01-11 / Local News

Sloan Village Board approves contract to buy new fire engine


Following a brief update by Fire Chief Alan Wieberg on Tuesday, the Sloan Village Board unanimously approved contracts to buy a new pumper truck for Sloan Active Hose Company No. 1 and sell the aging engine it will replace.

Prior to approval of the contracts, Wieberg said the new truck should be ready for service by mid-February.

Responding to a question from officials, he said there will be roughly a one-week period in which the company will have only one engine in service due to space constraints.

During that period, the company will rely on mutual aid.

“We’ll have automatic response, extra equipment coming to make up for that,” he said. “We want to get the old truck out, give ourselves about a week to breathe after we take everything off that truck, bring the new truck in and get it loaded up.”

According to the first contract approved by the board, the village will purchase the truck, a Rosenbauer America Commander Custom Chassis Pumper, for roughly $232,000.

According to the second contract approved by the board, the company’s 1994 KME pumper will be sold to Command Fire Apparatus for $17,500.

Also during the meeting, Highway Department Chief Gene Beszczynski reported that cars parked on village streets in violation of the winter parking ban have been reduced to just a handful, following biweekly ticketing by the Cheektowaga Police Department.

Trustee Barry Ping said the village was averaging 25 to 30 cars in violation at the beginning of the ban, causing problems for village plow drivers.

“We did notify the police to enforce the parking ban because we need to get on streets when cars aren’t supposed to be there to plow,” he said. “It wasn’t that we were out there trying to head hunt for getting tickets.”

The ban, which prohibits parking on village streets between the hours of 2 and 7 a.m., remains in effect until April 1.

The Sloan Village Board will meet next for a work session and audit meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, and will hold its next regular meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13. Both meetings will be held at Village Hall, 425 Reiman St.

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