Town explores options to buy new fire truck

By 
DAN BENSON
Ozaukee Press Staff

The Fredonia Town Board recently directed Town Clerk Bob Eichner to research the best loan terms the town could get to buy a new fire truck for the Waubeka Fire Department.

Supervisors agreed that a 10-year-loan was preferable, both to get a lower interest rate and to clear the loan before another fire truck needs to be purchased, which they expect will need to be done.

Supervisors said they thought they could get an interest rate of 4% or less for a 10-year loan.

The fire truck the department wants to purchase will cost about $672,000, Fire Chief Jason Caswell told supervisors recently.

Eichner is to present his findings at the town electors meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Fredonia Government Center when the town’s 2019 budget will be reviewed.

The new truck would replace a 30-year-old model on which the department took delivery in 1990.

Complicating matters for the town is that another fire truck purchased in 1994 will need to be replaced soon.

“It’s important to get that one (the new truck) paid off because we have another one coming down the road,” Town Chairman Richard Mueller told supervisors.

Meanwhile, the town also is still paying for its portion of the Fredonia Government Center, which houses both Town and Village of Fredonia offices.

The balance of the town debt for its construction is at about $221,000 and won’t be paid off until 2029, Eichner said.

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