COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Replacement Fire Engine for Crozet Volunteer Fire Department

 

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Approve funding for fire engine purchase

 

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Messrs. Tucker, Foley, Eggleston

 

LEGAL REVIEW:  

Yes

 

AGENDA DATE:

October 13, 2004

 

ACTION:                               INFORMATION:   

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:    X                       INFORMATION:   

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:   No

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

 

BACKGROUND:

In January 2004, the members of Crozet Volunteer Fire Department were involved in an accident with a fire engine while responding to a report of a fire. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured. However, the fire engine sustained major damage and was taken out of service.

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

3.1 Make the County a Safe and Healthy Community in which citizens feel secure to live, work and play.

 

DISCUSSION:

The Crozet fire engine that was involved in the accident is 14 years old and was schedule to be replaced 5 years out. The insurance adjuster estimated the damage at $123,000 dollars, and the insurance company has paid the claim to the County.

 

Based on the extent of damage and considering the age, condition, mileage, and replacement date, staff has recommended that the engine be replaced rather than be repaired. The estimated purchase price for a replacement engine is $489,000 ($468,000 for the fire engine + $21,000 for equipment). Less the $123,000 for the insurance claim, the total amount required is $366,000.

 

It is important to note that the Insurance Service Office (ISO) may chose to increase the ISO rating if the engine is not replaced in a timely manner. Crozet is currently using a fire engine that is on loan from Ruckersville until a replacement fire engine is obtained. In addition, a price increase in steel will cause a price increase for emergency apparatus beginning October 15. Therefore, itís important that we move to appropriate funds for the purchase of the replacement engine.

 

The Office of Management and Budget recommends that the Board move to appropriate the funds through the attached resolution. The resolution will allow the County to appropriate the funds now with a follow up action to borrow the funds later to cover the appropriation.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

The Office of Management and Budget recommends that Board move to appropriate $366,000 for the purchase of the replacement engine and adopt the resolution to allow the County to appropriate the funds now and borrow the funds later to cover the appropriation.

 

ATTACHMENTS

A-Resolution of Intent
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