Clinton City Council Approves The Grant Application For A New Fire Truck

At the September meeting of Clinton City Council held last night at the M.S. Bailey Municipal Center on North Broad Street, Fire Chief Phillip Russell was on hand requesting approval for a process that will provide a new fire truck.

Chief Russell explained that the new truck is need to replace a 1995 KME truck that was taken out of service due to mechanical issues and sold at auction.  He said that the goal for a new truck is to get 20 to 25 years of service.

The Chief asked that council approve applying for a Community Development Block Grant of $500,000 for the initial purchase.  That grant would require a 10% or $50,000 match from the city.

In addition, the city would use a lease purchase arrangement to obtain the necessary equipment to outfit the truck.  That equipment would total another approximately $200,000 but the city would not have to come up with that total at one time.

After many questions and much discussion council members approved the grant application with a unanimous vote.