“The township fire department is excited to be getting this new piece of apparatus,” Township Supervisor Karl French said.
The township board paid $767,197 this week for the new Seagrave fire apparatus. To fund the purchase, $413,197 will come from the general fund, and $354,000 will come from a one-year special fire equipment millage approved by voters in August.
“The overall expense was larger than we’d anticipated… which was a little embarrassing,” French said.
When originally looking at the purchase of the new fire truck, officials from the township had estimated the cost would be about $750,000.
French said costs increased from the time the department sought estimates to when officials went out to make the actual purchase.
The new quint fire truck will replace the township’s 23-year-old Engine 1022, a 1989 Pierce and the department’s “first-out” engine. The 1022 is obsolete and has experienced equipment failures during the past year.
“It’s good to know that the Grand Haven Township customers and the firefighters will be receiving a new piece of equipment that will serve the needs of the community for 25 years or more,” Grand Haven Township Fire Chief Tom Gerencer said.
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