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Borough rejects two bids for Elk’s 1981 engine

April 15, 2012

The bids for this 1981 Mack Fire Engine were rejected by Punxsutawney Borough Council at last Monday's meeting. Bryan Smith, Punxsutawney Fire Department chief, said he will re-advertise the truck in fire department trade magazines. (Spirit file photo by Larry McGuire)

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council rejected the two bids it received for the 1981 Mack Fire Engine that had belonged to the Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company.

"There are other avenues to explore to advertise this engine in fire department trade magazines, where a fire company would offer more money for it," said Bryan Smith, Punxsutawney Fire Department chief, said at the recent council meeting.

Council passed a motion to reject the two bids, one of $1,216.61 from Jeffrey A. Stauffer, Felton, and a second bid of $875.57 from Robert Zercher, DuBois.

Council passed a second motion to permit Smith and Ben White, borough manager, to coordinate re-advertising the truck in fire department trade magazines.

In March 2011, council purchased a new engine for the Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company from the low bidder, Ferrara Fire Apparatus Inc., based in Holden, La., at a cost of $372,509.

The new truck arrived in October and was placed into service last December.

Meanwhile, council did approve a motion to approve the sale of the 2006 Ford Crown Victoria police vehicle to the high bidder Ernest Siverling of Rossiter for $1,409.

Also, at the recent meeting, council:

• Approved a request to remove John Wolfe and Ray Tinker from the Central Fire Department active list and place them on life member status.

Larry Chenoga, council president, said since the two firefighters are going on life member status, they should be honored with a plaque for their years of service.

Jim Wehrle, Punxsy mayor, said he would take care of that by the next council meeting.

Chenoga said this should be done in every case from now on.

"We owe them something; by presenting them with a plaque, it is the least we can do," Chenoga said.

• Approved a motion to remove Ryan Hutchins and Brock Gallagher from the active list at Central Fire Department.

• Approved a motion to have Jennifer Slagle placed on the active role at Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company.

• Tabled a request to place another streetlight along Cherry Street between Carlton Avenue and North Findley Street.

Mike Porada, chairman of Public Safety, said Joe Defelice, Public Works foreman would look into it.

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