The Recorder – Fire engine, cruiser and dump truck among capital locations at Gill for FY23
GILL – Representatives from the fire, police and highway departments presented new equipment to the Capital Improvement Planning Committee this week, including a fire truck, cruiser, dump truck and a electromagnetic flowmeter.
Each claim is considered a reasonable potential expense under the regulations of the American Rescue Plan Act, which awarded Gill $430,000. While the $15,434 flow meter was a small enough expense that the committee recommended voters approve it at the May 23 annual town hall meeting, members opted to conduct more research and consider options. funding before recommending the remaining items.
John Miner’s plea for an electromagnetic flow meter, or “magmeter”, for the sewer system was inspired by the fact that he put his “neck on the line” as the new highway superintendent when he questioned the accuracy of the pre-existing pump cycle reading system. performed through an uncalibrated measuring device. He was then able to develop a formula to get more accurate readings for the sewer system which invalidated the effectiveness of the measuring device.
“After talking to many people, they all got the same answer for me and that is to install a magnetic counter in the system, and that will be an accurate way to get daily numbers,” Miner wrote. “This system will be inside the pump station and will be easily accessible for calibration.”
Miner said general contractor RH White Companies Inc. was “very interested in completing” the project, which was estimated at $15,434.
Additionally, a proposed new dump truck, a 2022 International CV515 dump truck, would replace the city’s current 2005 Ford F-550.
“It’s our most used and reliable vehicle in our fleet,” Miner wrote of the 2005 truck, which has 120,000 miles and 7,000 logged hours. “It’s used for everything from checking roads, checking the pumphouse, getting parts, running errands, mail, pulling the wood chipper and chainsaws, hauling brush , brush-shredding, garbage pick-up, and classes or meetings.”
The new truck would be equipped with a Viking motorized angle front plow, a stainless steel body and possibly a wing plow.
“Many towns around us use paddle plows on their small vehicles as well to save time and money,” Miner wrote. “A wing plow will allow us, in a snowstorm, to make an uphill pass and a return pass over a carriageway, plowing the full width of the carriageway, rather than having to do two passages.”
Miner said he has been in contact with dealerships Nutmeg International and Allegiance Trucks regarding the potential purchase of a new vehicle. Nutmeg International, who Gill has done business with in the past, valued the truck at $151,732 with a 10% contingency of $15,173.20 and no wing plows factored in. Allegiance Trucks quoted the truck at $132,375 with a 10% contingency of $13,237.50.
If a new truck was purchased, Miner said, the 2005 dump truck would be repurposed and fitted with bucket truck equipment from Gill’s 1995 GMC Sierra bucket truck. The 1995 truck would then be eliminated.
The idea of replacing the fire department’s 1987 open-cab pumper with a new mini-pumper was pitched to Selectboard in August 2021. At the time, the department – which has two full-size tanker trucks , a full-size tank truck, and a rescue and brush truck — advocated a $315,000 four-wheel-drive mini-pump with a 300-gallon tank.
In a letter to the Selectboard, the upgrade was further rationalized considering that the 1987 pumper “does not meet any NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) standards and lacks safety features”. A lack of doors in the rear seat area and lap seat belts were also identified as problematic, while a mini-pump would have a fully enclosed cabin and proper seat belts. The mini pump was not purchased.
Tuesday’s request to the Capital Improvement Planning Committee stemmed from the same incentives, but moved to a model that Deputy Fire Chief William Kimball said would be even better. Kimball, who said he worked on Greenfield’s new Pierce Responder 4×4 Attack Pumper, argued that this model would be ideal for serving the town of Gill.
“It was kind of obvious when I came to the department that this is what we’re looking for,” he said.
This model, which would cost about $410,000 and take about a year to build, would be an upgrade of the 1987 truck in much the same way as the mini-pump. While the mini pump is said to have 330 horsepower, a V8 diesel engine, a pumping capacity of 1,500 gallons per minute and a 300 gallon water tank, the attack pump is said to have 360 horsepower, a Cummins L9 engine, 1,250 gallons per minute pumping capacity and a 750 gallon water tank.
“Having this water means instead of having a minute and a half of water, we have five or six, which is great,” Kimball explained. “Those first five minutes of a fire can make or break whether or not you save a home.”
The idea for a new police cruiser was also submitted to the Selectboard for consideration in August 2021 as the police service sought to replace its oldest model, a 2013 semi-marked cruiser with over 116,000 miles and several parts to replace. The department hopes to replace it with a 2022 Ford Interceptor “that would match the remaining fleet with updated equipment and fully branded uniform graphics,” as explained in the department’s letter to Selectboard. The letter also stated that the new cruiser would reduce gas consumption.
Tuesday’s request to the Capital Improvement Planning Committee remained largely the same. The scale of need has increased in recent months, however, following a car accident that resulted in the ‘total loss’ of Chief Christopher Redmond’s cruiser, which is just one of three the department owns. .
The estimated cost to replace the 2013 Ford Interceptor remains around the $57,750 cost referenced in August, a price that includes the transfer of existing equipment.
“It’s pretty much just a standard police car,” Redmond explained. “The only difference is that it will be a hybrid edition.”
While the Capital Improvement Planning Committee is responsible for reviewing capital requests and creating a capital plan for fiscal year 2023, the Selection Committee ultimately has the authority to decide which capital requests. assets are presented to voters at the annual municipal meeting.
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