Oak Creek — The city is looking to replace one of their 20-year old fire engines with a new one set to cost around $575,000.
The city's common council approved entering into a contract up to that amount for a new Pierce fire engine to replace their current '96 reserve fire engine. The department has four total fire engines – one frontline engine for each of the three stations and one reserve. One of the current frontline engines will be moved to the reserve position and be replaced with the new engine.
While details haven't been finalized as of yet, the city chose to move forward with the contract because they were under a time crunch according to Fire Chief Tom Rosandich.
Rosandich said he wanted to stay within the budget and Pierce is planning a three-percent price increase. He said if the contract was signed by Feb. 1 they don't get a price increase. Rosandich said there is a chance it could come in cheaper than the approved $575,000 cost which was included in the 2017 budget.
The '96 engine will be taken to auction where Rosandich estimates the city could get around $20,000 for it.
The city is still finalizing all the engine components as all engines are custom created, according to Rosandich.
Alderman Ken Gehl supported the purchase, saying it probably should have been done earlier.
According to a letter to Rosandich from Pierce, delivery will take between 10 1/2 to 11 1/2 months from the time of order.