Letter: Town council urges support of firetrucks in June 19 referendum

To the editor:

The Plainville Town Council is asking voters and eligible taxpayers to support the replacement of two fire trucks at a referendum to be held on June 19. The appropriation is to consider utilizing bonds and notes in the amount of $2.1 million to finance the purchase.

The normal useful life of a fire truck is 20 to 25 years. These two trucks are the oldest in the fleet, with Engine 1 approaching 30 years of age and the aerial ladder truck approaching 25 years. Additionally, the manufacturer of Engine 1 has gone out of business and, as a result, replacement parts are nearly impossible to obtain. Although all the equipment goes through an annual certification process, meeting the criteria for this truck is becoming increasingly difficult.

The Town Council has unanimously determined that bonding is the most appropriate method of financing the replacement of this equipment. This strategy has also been recommended by the town’s financial advisor.

The bonding of these two vehicles will have minimal impact to the Town’s long term debt schedule. Voting will be at the Fire House, June 19 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Please support our volunteer fire department by voting favorably on this referendum.

Kathy Pugliese

Scott Saunders

Ty Cox

Jesse Gnazzo

Rosemary Morante

Deb Tompkins

Christopher Wazorko

Plainville Town Council