Ladder truck still sought

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LIVERMORE FALLS – Selectman Bill Demaray said he will attend today’s Farmington selectmen’s meeting to see what they plan to do about that town’s ladder truck now that the company they awarded the truck to added another condition.

Farmington selectmen awarded the Greenock Volunteer Fire Co. in Pennsylvania the town’s 1988 ladder truck for a bid of $118,000 that would yield about $113,000 after a broker’s fee was factored in. That fire company stipulated several conditions in its bid, including 60 days to inspect the truck and maintenance records and payment in full contingent on the sale of its ladder truck.

Livermore Falls had bid $105,000 for the truck.

Farmington officials gave the Pennsylvania company seven days earlier this month to accept the condition that final payment must be received for the truck by March 22 when Farmington receives its new combination pumper-ladder truck.

Farmington selectmen said then that they would notify Livermore Falls selectmen if the Pennsylvania company did not accept the condition to pay for the truck in full by March 22.

Livermore Falls Town Manager Martin Puckett told selectmen Monday that he was notified by Farmington Town Manager Richard Davis that the Pennsylvania fire company asked for a 30-day extension in order to give Farmington a final answer on guaranteed payment by March 22.

Demaray had attended Farmington’s last selectmen’s meeting with fire department officials and Selectman Jackie Knight and brought a $20,000 check from Livermore Falls as a down payment on the low-mileage truck, hoping the Farmington board would accept the lower offer.

Though Farmington selectmen said they would like to award the truck to Livermore Falls, they wanted to uphold the integrity of the bid process.

Livermore Falls voters had agreed to spend up to $130,000 for the truck.

Demaray asked fellow board members Monday if they mind if he attends today’s Farmington’s meeting. That meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Center.

They didn’t mind, they said.

Demaray said he wants Farmington selectmen to know Livermore Falls remains interested in the truck and has the money readily available.

Livermore Falls Fire Chief Ken Jones said he wanted to be positive about the situation since it had been a hot issue since last June.

If Farmington selectmen decide to reject both bids and begin the bid process again, Jones said, selectmen should have a game plan ready.

It’s time to listen to the townspeople, he said. There are appropriated funds there, and it’s time to step up to the plate, Jones said.

Farmington Manager Richard Davis said Monday night that he is not making a recommendation to selectmen on the truck but expects them to come to a conclusion tonight.

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