LaGrange Fire plans to buy truck

The LaGrange Town Council agreed to purchase a fire truck from the Cornbelt Fire Protection District in Mahomet, Illinois.

The town has been attempting to locate a replacement for its current pumper, which has been plagued by mechanical issues, for some time. Fire Chief Jeremy Edwards said LaGrange Fire Department jumped on the opportunity in Illinois, and firefighter Mack Grobis traveled to the Champagne, Illinois area to test drive the vehicle.

During Monday’s meeting, the town council approved a special purchasing resolution allowing the purchase of the truck without the need for some of the typical governmental procedures, such as bidding. The 2006 KME fire truck is priced at $425,000. The cost will be shared between the town of LaGrange and Clay and Bloomfield townships. Township trustees attended Monday’s meeting and said they were in favor of the purchase.

The truck being purchased is well maintained, said Grobis, with less than 10,000 miles and a 2,000-gallon water tank. The electrical systems were rebuilt five years ago and the tires were rubbered recently.

The Cornbelt fire department is selling the truck with plans to purchase a more maneuverable, single-axle vehicle to more adequately serve its growing residential base.

In other business, the town approved the purchase of two 2023 Tahoes for the LaGrange Police Department for $42,700. It will pay $7,000 to the LaGrange County Highway Department for repairs to South Townline Road.

Second Saturdays in the Park start this Saturday, 6-8 p.m. at the LaGrange Town Park, 502 N. Mountain St., featuring music by Showdown, a band made up of LaGrange County residents who play a variety of music from the 1960s to current times. Guests can bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. Food trucks will be on site.

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