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After executive session, council approves sale of Mack fire engine

August 13, 2012

Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company was the high bidder to purchase this 1981 Mack Fire engine from Punxsutawney Borough. (File Photo By Larry McGuire/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Following the opening of bids and an executive session, Punxsutawney Borough Council voted to approve the sale of a 1981 Mack fire engine to the Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company at Monday's council meeting.

The borough received three bids for the truck on a re-bid, and Elk Run was the high bidder at $3,000, said Ben White, Punxsutawney Borough manager.

White said the other two bids were $2,975 and $2,250.95
Chenoga said that he thought the matter should be tabled and went into an executive session to discuss the options.

Larry Chenoga, council president, said that the borough should send a letter to the fire company explaining that the borough is no longer liable for all of the truck’s expenses, licensing and insurance.

Last year, Punxsutawney Borough purchased a new engine for Elk Run, which allowed the 1981 Mack to be put out for bid.

Bryan Smith, Punxsutawney Fire Department chief, and a member of Elk Run, said he wasn't at the meeting where the company voted to put a bid in on the truck.

He said the company wanted to use the old Mack for fundraisers and public service for washing down parking lots and filling swimming pools.
Council had rejected earlier bids at the April 12 council meeting.

In other business:
• Chenoga said he wanted to thank the Punxsutawney Fire Department for the great job it did in cleaning up the borough from the last two storms.

Also, at Monday's meeting:
• Council rejected the bids for the CDBG project roof replacement for the Punxsutawney Area Community Center.

Brian Sekula, EADS borough engineer, said the lowest bid was $140,000, with CDBG funds of only $90,000 to perform the project.

Council voted to reject the bids and rebid it using alternates.

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