Ladder truck may reach fire dept. by June: chief

GLOVERSVILLE – The Common Council on Tuesday may authorize the purchase of a the new ladder truck for the Fire Department, according to a resolution.

In August, the city decided after years of being turned down by the federal government for a grant to buy a new fire truck it would buy one on its own.

The council previously awarded the bid to Sutphen Corp. for $979,583. Both Rosenbauer and E-One provided lower bids, but upon review of the bids, officials determined they failed to meet the city’s specifications.

The city needs a truck with an aerial platform with pumping capabilities that includes at least a 100 foot aerial ladder, a 2,000-gallon-per-minute pump, and a tank capacity of 500 gallons.

The department fights fires in all buildings regardless of height, but the aerial device is needed for elevated master streams and reaching heights greater than two stories for rescue, fire suppression, and other operations, Fire Chief Beth Whitman-Putnam said.

Gloversville has 129 buildings that are three stories or taller.

The city’s last ladder truck, with a 110-foot aerial ladder, was taken out of permanent emergency service in November 2011 after it failed inspection because of corroded and broken parts.

If the resolution is approved, Whitman-Putnam said the department should have the new ladder truck by June.

According to the resolution, the city will borrow money for the ladder truck.

Despite the high price tag, Mayor Dayton King said he believes the tax rate in the city will remain flat going forward.

“My goal through my term is not to increase taxes anymore,” King said. “We went down for 2014 and for the next few years, we have really built some cash reserves, so I think we will be able to stay flat.”

Background checks

The council also will review a resolution to allow the Police Department to utilize LexisNexis to perform “any and all background checks” for the city, Police Chief Donald VanDeusen said.

According to the company’s website – www.lexisnexis.com – it “provides customers with access to billions of searchable documents and records from more than 45,000 legal, news and business sources.”

VanDeusen said by using LexisNexis, the department would be able to look into a particular person’s criminal activity outside the immediate area.

“Right now we are only able to access criminal history records of a local nature,” VanDeusen said. “We have in-house records we can look at, but if an individual has came from out of the area we have a hard time getting cooperation from other police departments because they are hesitant to release that information.”

League planned

Harley Fuller will speak to city officials about starting a summer basketball league for youth and adults at the newly acquired Darling Field. He previously held the basketball league last year after deciding to improve the court surface out of his own pocket.

Also, Mike Sleezer of WFNY is scheduled to present a proposal to videotape Common Council Meetings for public access broadcasting.

The meeting will start at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at City Hall.