Witless Bay goe it alone on fire truck

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After at least three years of discussion and funding applications, the Town of Witless Bay has sealed the deal on a purchasing a new truck in a special meeting called Tuesday night that lasted just under four minutes.

The Town voted to request approval from the Department of Environment, Climate Change, and Municipalities to borrow $370,734 at an interest rate of 3.25 per cent, with a amortization of 5 years at a monthly payment of $6,702 from the Community Credit Union for the purchase of a new firetruck tanker.

Council voted unanimously to approve the motion. The motion itself was actually put forward by former councillor Lucy Carew by in September in a slightly different manner.

As previously reported in the Irish Loop Post back in September of 2019, council voted to apply to Municipal Affairs and Environment for funding under the 2020-2021 Fire Protection Program for a new Fire Tanker under an 80/20 cost sharing program. Carew then made the additional motion that, in the event that the town did not receive funding from the Department of Municipal Affairs, council make a resolution to make a request to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment for an approval to borrow from the community Credit Union to finance the cost of the fire tanker, $370,700, for five year period at a fixed loan interest rate of 3.75%.

In May, the Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment announced that the province would be investing $2.5 million in funding to help provide 13 communities with new fire protection vehicles.

Witless Bay was not one of them, and so they went ahead with plans to purchase the truck.

Council accepted a bid from Carl Thibault Limitedin the amount of $370,734 during a special meeting of council in August, 2019.

Mark Squibb, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Shoreline News