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James Simons

Berlin Seeks Public Input In Fire Truck Purchases

BERLIN — A request to borrow up to $700,000 to replace two aging fire vehicles will go to a public hearing Feb. 2, town council members voted Tuesday.

The hearing will give residents a chance to discuss the proposal before the council votes to finance the purchase through bonding. The two vehicles will cost about $1.6 million, and the town has $900,000 left from a 2006 bond authorization to apply toward the purchase, Town Manager Denise McNair told the council.

The town hopes to replace a pumper rebuilt in 1993 on a 1975 Mack vehicle and a 1994 ladder truck that has needed major repairs in recent years, including work to repair damage from an electrical fire that flared...