New fire trucks option on ballot

Residents will get the chance to vote for two new Medford Farms Fire Commissioners for three-year terms on Saturday, Feb. 16.

Michael Callaghan, Nancy Freeman, Sean McCausland and Shawn Vena will be running for a seat as commissioner.

Additionally, the option to vote on the purchase of two new fire trucks to replace two antiquated trucks will be on the ballot.

The question is as follows: The Tabernacle Board of Fire Commissioners is requesting to raise $985,000 by taxation for the purchase of two fire trucks. One to be a pumper tanker to be stationed at the Emergency Services Building, and the second to be a Class A pumper to be stationed at the firehouse.

According to the explanatory statement, the purchase of these two trucks will not raise the current fire tax rate. These two trucks will replace the retiring debt service of the firehouse building addition and fire truck 4314. The debt service payment for the two trucks will be approximately $20,000 less than the current debt service payment. The purchase of the pumper tanker is a necessary piece of equipment to service the eastern side of the township. The Class A pumper will be replacing 4311, a 20-year-old truck.

According to fire commissioner John Berger during the Tabernacle Township Committee meeting on Jan. 28, the two fire trucks currently in use, 4311, a 20-year-old pumper tanker truck and the 22-year-old 4318 truck, are creating a financial burden stemming from constant maintenance costs.

Truck 4318 responded to 12 emergency calls out of a total of 361 calls during 2012.

The election will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16 from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the firehouse located at Rt. 206 and Hawkin Road.

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