Hoover City Council tonight agreed to purchase three new fire trucks that will cost the city $ 2.5 million.
Hoover City Administrator Allan Rice said two of the city’s ladder trucks need to be replaced and an 11e The soon-to-be-opened fire station, the city must replace at least one pump truck each year to keep its fleet up to date.
âWe’re really thin on our reserves right now,â Rice said. The city needs to get the fire department back on track with its vehicles, he said.
Each of the ladder trucks will cost around $ 1 million, while the pump truck will cost around $ 540,000, Rice said.
The action taken tonight allows the city to place an order with Sutphen Fire Apparatus. Depending on the purchase contract, the construction and delivery of the trucks is expected to take 12 to 14 months.
Rice said the city must place the order by the end of August before an expected price increase takes effect. If the board waits, the price would increase by $ 162,500, according to records. In addition, by using a lease with purchase plan, the City can save $ 61,752 for a total savings of $ 224,262.
The council can discuss how best to pay for the trucks as it reviews capital spending for the coming year over the next two months, Rice said.
STUDY OF THE PERFORMANCE ARTS CENTER
The city council also agreed this evening to pay $ 40,000 to obtain a design concept and a feasibility study for a new performing arts center for the city.
The study is being led by the Live Design Group, with a Los Angeles-based company called TheatreDNA coming up with a concept and a company called Cost Consulting Services analyzing the costs of the design options chosen.
Hoover City Councilor Curt Posey, the council’s liaison with the Hoover Arts Council, said he was excited to move forward with the study. The council was about two weeks away from approving the study last year when the COVID-19 pandemic hit hard, prompting the council to postpone many projects, Posey said.
He is very impressed with the companies that will be working on the design and feasibility study and excited to see the vision for a performing arts center begin to come to life, he said.
In other business tonight, the advice:
- Approved a license for Tobacco Plus Plus Plus to sell alcohol at a new convenience store at 1845 Montgomery Highway in The Plaza at Riverchase mall.
- Accepted a payment of $ 10,000 from Jefferson County to help pay for the nutrition program at the Hoover Senior Center.
- Appointed Jim Masingill, Lawrence Kadish and William Kadish as Directors of the Stadium Trace Village Improvement District.
- Agreed to pay to cut grass and / or weeds at 312 Shades Crest Road, 425 Shades Ave., 1139 Camelot Circle and 2039 Arnold Road and charge owners for the work. Three of the properties are vacant homes, while 425 Shades Ave. is vacant land.