Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

Local News

January 17, 2013

Council considers fire truck financing

EFFINGHAM — Delaying the purchase of a fire engine for another year could have a "domino effect" on the Effingham Fire Department, according to Fire Chief Joe Holomy.

One discussion item on the Effingham City Council agenda Monday night asked commissioners to consider the purchase of a heavy rescue squad vehicle as three of the department's engines approach 20 years of age - all at the same time.

The purchase was delayed in 2011, and was recently quoted at $505,724.

"If you delay it, it's still going to, in the long term, cost more to replace it in the future," Holomy said, referring to rising costs. "In my plan, I've got those vehicles staggering in five-year increments so you don't have to replace them all at one time."

He said the average cost increase each year ranges from 4 to 7 percent.

Commissioner Matt Hirtzel had reservations about not paying for the vehicle outright.

"Half a million dollars is a lot of money. It's a tremendous amount of money," he said. "If you want to save money, you save up for these things ... I won't support a loan."

City Administrator Jim Arndt said as a fiscally conservative individual, he has been setting aside as much money as possible in the budget for this purchase, but the result hasn't been as much as he would like.

His plan is to get the vehicle in the budget so the council can purchase the vehicle outright, but that would put other proposed projects, such as road work, on hold.

"I don't want to push off that many projects," said Commissioner Brian Milleville.

Mayor Merv Gillenwater pointed out while commissioners may change every few years, the needs of the taxpayers won't unless they are resolved in a timely manner.

Arndt said "kicking the can down the road" does not eliminate the need; the issue will always need to be approached again, and in this case can be exacerbated by the wait.

Hirtzel pointed out that, like any vehicle, the fire truck would depreciate quickly.

"It's a bad idea taking out a loan on something that loses value that fast," he said. "We can't afford to purchase these vehicles."

"I'm not sure we can afford not to," Gillenwater said.

No vote was scheduled to be taken at Monday's meeting.

Nicole Dominique can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 138, or at nicole.dominique@effinghamdailynews.com.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Naam.jpg Opinion: Plight of Christians in the Middle East

    This Saturday and Sunday millions of Christians around the world will go to church to celebrate Easter.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • tony- car collection 1.jpg A passion for wheels leads to a world-class vehicle collection

    Since the late 1970s, Arthur Trost has bought, sold, collected or restored 69 vehicles. He has kept 10 of them, many from the '50s, an era he remembers fondly.

    April 19, 2014 3 Photos

  • BRIANBLOOM-300x200.jpg Opinion: My Easter Prayer

    It was always our most solemn of holidays. Christmas was chaotic, the Christian aspect always front and center yet overshadowed by five boys anxiously awaiting the opening of gifts.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • IMG_5943.jpg Cross takes on red glow for Good Friday

    The Cross at the Crossroads hosted a Good Friday prayer service at the Welcome Center.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Investigator wants tougher ethics laws for legislators SPRINGFIELD (AP) -- Job recommendations and university application referrals from Illinois lawmakers should be tracked and publicized after clout-related scandals at the University of Illinois and the Metra transit agency, the General Assembly's top

    April 19, 2014

  • Medicaid paid $12M for dead Illinoisans CHICAGO (AP) -- The Illinois Medicaid program paid an estimated $12 million for medical services for people listed as deceased in other state records, according to an internal state government memo. The memo dated Friday, which The Associated Press o

    April 19, 2014

  • 4-19 cross walk.jpg Church goers carry cross for Good Friday

    For Effingham resident Adrian Guzman, carrying a cross across Effingham is more than symbolism. 

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Two in hospital after chase with St. Elmo police

    Two individuals were sent to the hospital after a chase with a St. Elmo Police officer.

    April 18, 2014

  • tony- sigel 1 Sigel St. Michael breaks ground TONY HUFFMAN Daily News Want to Help? Donations are still being accepted for the addition. Donations may be mailed, dropped off at the parish offices, or placed in collection baskets. A donation wall in the renovated parish center will feature a "Giv

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Meth suspect sentenced to 54 months NEWTON -- A man accused of cooking methamphetamine in a vehicle with a child present was sentenced in Jasper County Court Thursday. Charles "Chase" L. Shroyer, 23, was sentenced to 54 months in prison after pleading guilty to possession of methamphet

    April 18, 2014

AP Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.