Roanoke board looks at newer fire engine

The Roanoke Town Council considered acquiring a firefighting vehicle from a fire department in Allen County at its meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 18.

Brandon Taylor, chief of the Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department, reported that he had been in contact with the St. Joseph Township Volunteer Fire Department, which is closing, and inquired about what vehicles and equipment it would be selling off.

Of the items the fire department will be liquidating, Taylor stated that its quint truck – a combination between a fire engine and a ladder truck – was desirable. He explained that the department had suggested it would be selling the truck, a 2012 model, for somewhere in the $250,000 range. That price, he said, was a great deal.

If the town were to make an offer on the truck, Taylor stated that his department had two fire engines it could sell in order to defray the cost. Council gave Taylor the go-ahead to get both vehicles appraised. Of those engines, one of them is the oldest truck in the department’s fleet and will be sold, regardless, to make room for the new fire truck that the department will be receiving toward the end of the month. The other engine is currently the department’s primary response vehicle. It would only be sold in order to make a down payment on the quint truck.

In other business:

• Council adopted the Huntington County Multi-hazard Mitigation Plan, which was presented by Robert Jeffers, director of the Huntington County Emergency Management Agency. The plan establishes how the county will respond to hazards ranging from floods to earthquakes.

• The board approved a new service contract with Huntington County Economic Development for $3,000.

• Council passed 2019 salary ordinances for town employees and elected officials.

• Councilman Cory Cartwright bid farewell to the board after a six-year run. He will be succeeded by Ryan Carroll.