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Mayor Bill McKean called it an “exciting time.”
“This is not something we do every day,” the mayor said shortly before members of the Berne City Council authorized the purchase of a new fire truck for the community.
Fire Chief John Crider appeared before the council and recommended the city accept the lowest bid submitted for the fire truck purchase — a base bid of $431,757 from UST Fire Apparatus, based in Delevan, Wisc. Crider also recommended council agree to an option contained in the bid that will replace the truck’s standard body with a stainless steel one.
That option, the chief said, comes with an additional $7,080 price tag, but should extend the life of the vehicle significantly.
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