City commissioners Tuesday evening unanimously approved more than $1.7 million worth of fire truck purchases.
Commissioners agreed to purchase a new Pierce fire engine for $669,535 and 100 foot ladder truck for $1,183,923. About $1 million of the funding will come from the city’s new infrastructure sales tax. About $750,000 will come from general obligation debt of the city, about $80,000 from equipment reserve funds, and $50,000 from Kansas University’s Housing Department, which relies on the ladder truck to provide fire protection to KU dorms.
The new engine will replace a 1988 fire engine, and the new ladder truck will replace a 1986 model. The new equipment likely will take about a year to be manufactured and delivered to the city.