CREMONA - Mountain View County council has approved an additional allocation of $47,000 towards the replacement of the Cremona and District Emergency Services command truck.
The move came by way of motion at the recent regularly scheduled council meeting.
As part of the 2022 project budget process, council approved an allocation of $85,000 towards the purchase of a replacement command vehicle for service.
“Unfortunately, after lengthy delays in receiving pricing from vendors and the ongoing challenges procuring these types of apparatus, all quotes far exceeded the original budget,” said Chris Atchison, Mountain View County's director of legislative services.
“Due to the delivery timeliness and minor escalation price, administration is recommending that council proceed with the purchase of the Dodge chassis option, at cost of $68,208. All chassis would have a similar outfitting price, associated with emergency lighting, wiring, access installation, decals, of $63,051.”
Comparable units within the region were purchased for approximately $100,000 in 2019, he said.
“Considering the escalation of pricing recently on units across the province and country, we are not surprised by the numbers,” he said.
The additional funds will come from the general fire reserve.
Replacing the former command truck, the new truck will be equipped for medical response, he noted.
Coun. Greg Harris, whose Division 2 includes the Cremona and Water Valley, put forward the motion for approval of the additional funding, which passed unanimously.