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City to purchase new fire truck

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Greencastle Fire Department will soon have a new, more-versatile piece of firefighting equipment at its disposal. The Greencastle Common Council approved additional appropriations to the 2009 budget for the purchase of a new truck at Tuesday's monthly meeting.

City officials will be traveling to Appleton, Wisc. on July 1 and 2 to take delivery on the Pierce PUC, which will serve the city as a pumper rescue truck. Previously, the city has not had water pumping capabilities in its rescue vehicle.

"Due to limited manpower, we decided to combine two functions," Fire Chief Bill Newgent said.

The combination of functions could also save the city on gas, with only one truck having to roll for rescue calls.

The truck is being purchased by a partnership of the city of Greencastle and Greencastle township. A $200,000 down payment has already been made, with a considerable amount paid by the township, according to Newgent. $52,300 will be paid by a grant from the state.

Of the remaining sum to be paid, $270,719 was approved to be transferred from the city's riverboat fund. Of this, $218,419 will be repaid with two more payments from the township and from the tax draws for 2009, 2010 and 2011.

The truck will replace the city's 1971 Mac fire engine. With installation of radios and other equipment, the new truck may not be in service until the end of August.

Clerk-treasurer Teresa Glenn reported on cuts in the 2009 budget received from the state.

In the figures received from the state, the most significant cuts were for street expenses, meaning the city will not be able to work on as many street projects as it might like.

However, Glenn thinks the current figures should be workable.

"If we get the money that's been certified for us to receive, then our budget will be intact," Glenn said.

Glenn also reported that $4 million from the general fund was placed in a money market account where it will earn 3 percent interest, as opposed to the 0.5 percent it had been earning.

To counteract the cuts from the state, Mayor Sue Murray reported that City Engineer Garth Hughes is continuing to work on applications for stimulus money for street projects. Although she said the process has been "tedious," they are continuing to go through all the necessary steps.

"We're just going to continue to persevere and hope for the best on this," Murray said.

The council also approved an ordinance making it easier to obtain noise ordinance exceptions in certain situations. If a council meeting will not happen in time for a request, the mayor can now make approval without the council.

"My hope is that most noise ordinance requests still make their way to city council. But I think it's nice should a situation arise where there isn't time for it to come before council," said councilor Adam Cohen, who originally proposed the change.

The city granted a pair of street closures and a noise ordinance waiver for some upcoming events. The Putnam County Fair Parade will require closures from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on July 17. The Indianapolis Colts "Make It Personal Tour" will require closures on Franklin and Indiana streets from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. on July 14.

The noise ordinance waiver was granted to DePauw for a luau for new students on the south quad from 10 p.m. to midnight Aug. 22.

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as i go to work everyday, i hear another story of somebody losing there job or there job is soon to be gone they are being told. things just keep getting worse for many families. with gas on the rise again what is going to happen? look what it did last year! gas is what toppled our ship. the prices soared and it made everything go up. to where we are now. here it goes again. how far, how high this time?

as we all struggle the cities, states and goverments keep spending our money and raising our taxes. spending on what they think we need right now.

were going to save some gas money? $500,000 is a lot of gas money. when will we see the savings? when i am dead? "we are short manned?" $500,000 would surely pay 10 years or more for another worker.

now the roads get shorted again. no money for them. come on people! these are the means we get around. our roads are awful. but yet we have the best and nicest city vehicles rolling down the streets.

what can i do? what can we do? nothing! nothing! nothing! same thing we do everyday. complain to the people we see, who are just our friends, clients, families and maybe just a nobody.


-- Posted by badboy46120 on Wed, Jun 10, 2009, at 8:34 AM

what a stupid thing to do. 500,ooo.00 on a fire truck, when we already have one that works, we never needed it before. but yet the roads and jobs the money could go for, i'm unemployed with three kids and i would work for the town on the roads for 20,000 a year, i could get alot done and those tax dollers would be well spent. then you take all my money for taxes, how crappy is that. we need some new people on these councels and i really think the mayor needs replaced. i guess those councel people and the mayor doesn't know what its like to be unemployed,then pay your taxes when your broke,and watch people like them do the stupidest things with our money.. thats right, our money, not theres.but ours..........

-- Posted by yourdaddy on Wed, Jun 10, 2009, at 10:39 AM

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