April 4th, 2017 Ballot Issue–Fire Apparatus

Q.  How many fire engines does the City have? How old is the equipment?

The Warrensburg Fire Department has four fire engines and one aerial ladder. Two of the engines are 1995 models (22 years old), and two are 2008 models (9 years old). The aerial is a 2003 model and 14 years old.

Q.  Why does the City need new fire engines?

 The age is one factor as most manufacturers will only guarantee replacement parts to be available for 20 years.

  1. The age is one factor as most manufacturers will only guarantee replacement parts to be available for 20 years.
  2. The cost to operate the truck is another major factor. Components will usually start to fail after 10 to 12 years of age. The frequency and cost of these repairs will weigh heavily on replacement.
  3. The safety features are old and outdated.
  4. Parts availability for the motor and transmission are limited.
  5. Not all repair shops have the ability to repair older technology and have access to associated parts.
  6.  Dependability of the apparatus become an issue and delays responses.
  7. The efficiency of the older apparatus is diminished.
  8. Fire apparatus should respond to first alarms for the first 15 years of service. During this period it has reasonably been shown that apparatus effectively responds and performs as designed without failure at least 95% of the time.
  9. For the next five years, it should be held in reserve status for use at major fires or used as a temporary replacement for out-of-service first line apparatus. Apparatus should be retired from service at twenty years of age.
  10. The unit may have one or more faults which preclude effective use for emergency service. These deficiencies include:
    1.  Inadequate braking system
    2.  Slow pick-up and acceleration
    3.  Structurally weakened chassis due to constant load bearing and/or overloading
    4.  Pump wear

Q.  What should Warrensburg residents know about the April 4th, 2017 ballot issues pertaining to fire equipment?

  1. The proposed amount of the bond is $2,000,050.
  2. The assessment is $0.14 per $100 of assessed value. See chart below.
  3. The proposed bond is for 10 years, it will retire at this time unless renewed by the public.
  4. Current funding does not account for the relatively large cost of fire equipment, therefore a bond is needed to help supplement the expense.
  5. There are two separate issues on the ballot. One for fire apparatus and equipment and one for Infrastructure like street signals and transportation issues.
  6. Both measures need a four sevenths (4/7) majority to pass.
  7. Each measure will pass or fail separately.

 

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