Union vote, truck bids looming
While most attention is focused on tomorrow’s unionization vote, members of the Clinton Fire Department are also anxious to find out which of the new ladder trucks their leaders have looked at is the one they’ll get to keep on a permanent basis.
The City Council on Aug. 5 okayed a 1999-model Pierce Lance that Fire Chief Randy Carpenter recommended after checking out three bids received in July. But before it could be delivered the vendor, Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus of Union Grove, Ala., had a 2000-model Pierce Dash dropped off at the local station for Clinton to examine.
It’s still here – in fact, it appeared in last week’s Clinton High School homecoming parade – and Carpenter agrees that it would be a better fit than the one previously approved. But because it wasn’t one of the three on which bids were submitted in July, in order to get it, the entire bidding process will have to be done again.