Economy makes committee rethink fire truck purchase, city hall move

NORWICH – The City of Norwich Finance Committee seemed to have the current economic situation on their minds Tuesday night when they met to discuss bids for a new fire truck and the possible move of City Hall offices to the third floor of the firehouse.

Fire Chief Tracy Chawgo presented the three bids the city had received to the committee and explained the vehicle replacement situation at the department. According to the chief, one of the trucks is approximately 20 years old and the department is having a hard time finding parts for repairs. Another truck is only about 8 years old, but Chawgo said it was poorly built and costs the city approximately $20,000 a year in maintenance.

The city received three bids for the new pumper. Tyler Fire Equipment was the low bidder with an estimate of approximately $282,000; however Chawgo explained the company’s truck did not meet specifications. “The Tyler truck is not going to fit our needs,” Chawgo said.

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