Taylor approves fire truck purchases
by Neil B. McGahee
Jun 06, 2013 | 946 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bartow’s burgeoning skyline is safe thanks to the county’s purchase of three new fire trucks priced at more than $2.6 million.

During Wednesday’s meeting, County Commissioner Steve Taylor authorized the use of Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax money to purchase two pumper trucks and an aerial platform truck from Rosenbauer, a Minnesota company.

“These trucks, especially the aerial platform, give us access to the taller buildings we are expecting to be built in the coming years,” County Administrator Peter Olsen said. “There is a six-story hotel planned for Adairsville and taller buildings are planned for the LakePoint project in Emerson.”

The aerial platform truck can reach as high as eight stories and has an articulating arm that can be deployed in water rescues.

The two pumpers will replace aging trucks in the fleet.

“The best thing about this purchase is that these new trucks share a commonality with previous trucks. The firefighters will know where everything is on the new equipment because it is laid out exactly the same as the old trucks,” Olson said.

Delivery of the new equipment is expected by the end of the year.

Taylor also approved a contract for architectural services for repairs to the termite-ridden carriage house at Rose Lawn Museum.

“We can’t even allow the public to enter,” Taylor said. “It’s unsafe, but it’s a landmark. We have to save it.”

In other business, the commissioner:

• approved the prototype of a new county seal.

• appointed Brandon Bowen to a seat on the Library Board.

• appointed Lori Raker to the Highland Rivers Community Service board.