Sherburne Fire Chief, mayoral challenger makes case for new trucks

SHERBURNE – Two new fire trucks could make their way to the Village of Sherburne sometime next year.

Volunteer Fire Chief Pat Lawrence, who will challenge Mayor William Acee in a race for mayor on March 16 (see sidebar), said a 20-year-old tanker, 27-year-old engine and 17-year-old rescue truck are in dire need of replacing. The tanker, in particular, is leaking.

Acee said the council had discussed replacing the three trucks with two vehicles in meetings conducted over the last few months. He said that he “remains cautious on any spending,” however, due to the state’s fiscal crisis and general economic conditions.

Village trustees voted to bond for the trucks on Monday. Prices aren’t to exceed $150,000 for a tanker and $450,000 for a combined rescue/ pumper engine. Acee said a combination of fire department reserve funds and possibly low interest loans would be used to afford the equipment.

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