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  • Dundee OKs new fire truck purchase

  • The Dundee Fire Department will soon be ordering a new pumper/tanker to replace a nearly 28-year-old truck.
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  • The Dundee Fire Department will soon be ordering a new pumper/tanker to replace a nearly 28-year-old truck.
    At the Jan. 8 Dundee Village Board meeting, a bid to construct the new truck for a cost of $537,093 was accepted, as recommended by the Fire Department Truck Committee.
    Former Chief Ray Miller said the bid from Har-Rob Fire Apparatus was the lowest of two bids received for the tandem truck chassis that will carry 2500 gallons of water.
    Mayor Fred Cratsley Jr. praised the work by the committee; noting the fire department will be getting a bigger truck with higher water capacity than trucks purchased by other area departments.
    Miller said the additional water capacity of the tank is important for fires outside the village because water is available for fire fighting as soon as the truck arrives on the scene, which also adds to the protection for the fire fighters.
    Miller also noted that the 2500 gallon tank will be made of polyurethane rather than steel, which has not held up to the village's hard water over the years.
    Construction of the new truck will take up to 300 days, he said. Representatives from the company will visit the Dundee Fire Department soon to gather the information needed for the project.
    Village Clerk/Treasurer Chris Sutherland said much of the cost of the truck can be pulled from the capital reserve fund. The last payment on another truck loan will be made this year, so the loan for the new truck can be set up so there will be no increase in the fire budget.
    Other business at the Jan. 8 meeting included:
    •Traffic Control: The board took no action on a New York State Department of Transportation offer to install another stop sign at the intersection of Water, Millard, Himrod Road and the Dundee School entrance. The new stop sign would stop northbound traffic on Water Street (Route 14A). Cratsley said the offer came in response to a request from village and school officials who contacted Gov. Andrew Cuomo seeking a traffic signal at the intersection.
    A stop sign in that location would create a four-way stop.
    Village board members agreed that there are already too many signs near the intersection, that another might create confusion. "It's a tough situation because of all the signs there already," said Cratsley.

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