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South River approves purchase of new fire pumper

SOUTH RIVER–Seeking to replace a more than 20-year-old fire pumper vehicle, the Borough Council approved a resolution to purchase a new fire apparatus for $526,947.

The governing body will purchase a new fire apparatus from the National Cooperative authorized vendor in the amount of $526,947 less a credit of $7,233, according to information provided by the council during the Jan. 11 council meeting via video conference.

Various payment options and credits are available to the borough. The borough has elected to chose payment option number four, which will require a prepayment of 50% of the contract in the amount of $263,473 and the borough will be issued a credit of $7,233, according to the council.

Borough Administrator Art Londensky said the South River Fire Department’s fire chiefs expressed a need for this new fire pumper vehicle because the existing one is more than 20 years old.

Londensky said since the resolution was approved, the borough should receive the new fire apparatus in 2022.

In related news, the council also approved a resolution to provide funding for the borough’s fueling station upgrades.

Located at 9 Ivan Way, Londensky said the station is used to fuel vehicles, but sporadically malfunctions due to its age.

The council agreed to upgrade the fueling station from the state-authorized vendor for $122,850.

The borough’s chief financial officer has certified the availability of funds for upgrades to the station, according to the council.

Londensky said since the resolution was approved by the council, the upgrades for the fueling station will begin in four to six weeks.

Contact Vashti Harris at vharris@newspapermediagroup.com.

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