Yorkville accepts new fire truck bids

YORKVILLE — The village of Yorkville approved a $431,575 bid for a new fire truck at a recent council meeting.

The council opened bids for a new vehicle for the fire department on Jan. 2. There were six bids in total:

∫ Finley Fire at $468,509;

∫ 4 Guys Fire Trucks at $432,576;

∫ Rosenbauer Warrler Chassis from All American Fire Equipment for $12,371, the Avenger Chassis from the same group for $431,575; and

∫ Advantech for $455,435.

∫ All American Fire Equipment also had an envelope containing only specs for the equipment.

After opening all of the bids, the council members discussed several issues around the purchase of a new truck, including the warranties and the length of time it would take to receive the truck. After discussing, Sandy Reasbeck moved to accept the bid for the Avenger Chassis from All-American Fire Equipment for $431,575; council approved, with Matt Goolie abstaining due to being on the Truck Committee.

Council members also discussed the village police department, as Mayor Blair Closser stated that more than $600 in overtime has been spent on the department, leading to the council seeing a need for more part-time officers to take some of the burden off full-time employees. Council members voted to hire Ben Coblentz as a part-time officer, effective immediately.

Council also shared that a second police cruiser has been ordered and is expected in the village in a little more than a month. The vehicle was paid for with a $28,000 loan from United Bank; the vehicle is being purchased with grant money that will be paid back to United as soon as the grant funds are released.

Yorkville Village Council meets regularly at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month in the municipal building.