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Upgrading and replacing outdated fire department equipment is an ongoing challenge for most municipalities. Late last year, the former L'Orignal tanker (back left), and former Vankleek Hill pumper (back right) were donated to communities in the Dominican Republic. In front, from left to right are: Champlain township CAO Paula Knudsen, L'Orignal Fire Department captain Stephane Pepin, Champlain township mayor Normand Ripel, former Champlain mayor Gary Barton, Champlain councillor Jacques Lacelle, Champlain fire station one chief Michel Martin, FWBC volunteer Dave Mitchell, and FWBC Ontario representatives Christina and Carl Eggiman. Photo: James Morgan

New rescue van for Vankleek Hill fire station

A new walk-in rescue van is being ordered for the Vankleek Hill fire station. The purchase was recommended during Champlain Township’s committee of the whole meeting earlier this month and was approved at the township’s regular council meeting on June 11, 2019.

The existing rescue unit is being replace. It should take about 10 months to build the new vehicle according to the specifications.

Lafleur Industries was awarded the contract for the Freightliner vehicle, which will include winches on the side of the vehicle and a 9,000-lbs. portable winch. The winning bid by Lafleur Industries was for $264,366.56 including HST. An additional $10,000 has been added to the budget in case there are unanticipated changes made to the plans during the building process.

Metalfab Fire Trucks bid $364,304.96 for the job, Camions Carl Thibault bid $296,820.09 and Battleshield bid $402,502.80 for the project.

According to the report from CAO Paula Knudsen, $250,000 had been estimated for the purchase of the vehicle in the 2019 budget; $50,000 is being provided from the fire department reserve, leaving a balance of about $200,000 to be financed as long-term debt. The report notes that the funds will not likely be required until 2020 as payment will only be made when the vehicle is delivered and accepted — all of which could be within about 10 months from the awarding of the contract.

When scheduled, committee of the whole meetings involve all of council and take place on the first Tuesday of each month; the meetings are an opportunity to review upcoming decisions and prepare recommendations for the regular Champlain Township council meetings, which take place the second Tuesday of each month at the municipal council chambers at 948 Pleasant Corners Road East. At its regular meetings, council can accept all of the committee of the whole recommendations or can revisit particular issues if it wishes.

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Louise Sproule

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Louise Sproule

Louise Sproule

Louise Sproule has been the publisher of The Review since 1992. A part-time job after high school at The Review got Sproule hooked on community newspapers and all that they represent. She loves to write, has covered every kind of event you can think of, loves to organize community events and loves her small town and taking photographs across the region. She dreams of writing a book one day so she can finally tell all of the town's secrets! She must be stopped! Keep subscribing to The Review . . . or else!

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