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Ottsville bids adieu to ladder truck

Sale to Quebec City to help pay for new apparutus

CLIFF LEBOWITZ

A ladder truck that served the Ottsville Volunteer Fire Department for 17 years is now on its way to new service in Canada, with its selling price helping to pay for the department’s new truck.

At the Feb. 6 Tinicum Township Board of Supervisors meeting, Chief Bill Shick noted that the departed vehicle “was not obsolete, just dry,” meaning it had no water pumping capability. Originally purchased for about $660,000, it fetched $160,000 in sale to Quebec City, with the proceeds earmarked to help pay down the loan taken out to purchase the department’s new, $929,000, “completely outfitted” fire truck.

In addition, in response to a question from Shick, supervisors said they knew of no holdup from Tinicum, as Shick had heard, on the replacement of the Creamery Road bridge. The bridge, which is still open, spans the Tohickon Creek, on the border with Bedminster Township, with Creamery Road becoming Fretz Valley Road on the other side.

Supervisor Rich Rosamilia said he attended a meeting several years ago, with then Supervisor Nick Forte, where partial preservation was discussed with officials from Bedminster and PennDOT, and there was agreement that at least three of the seven piers could be saved, and possibly five. The pier preservation idea was based on a site visit by Rosamilia with a Bedminster supervisor, and Roasmilia said they had expected to hear back from PennDOT on progress of the replacement, but never did.

Also at the Feb. 6 meeting, as a result of discussion initiated by Jerry Becker, chairperson of the township auditors, supervisors removed a $3,000 payment to the Central Bucks Special Response Team from the list of approved disbursements, pending clarification from acting Police Chief Matt Phelan on the need for continued participation in that regional SWAT unit.

Officials estimated the participation has been ongoing for about nine years. Becker also wants to know more about revenues from citations, including differentiation of those for violations such as stop signs, and those for truck weight violations, for which the township had purchased scales. Phelan was not in attendance because it was the off night of his regularly scheduled attendance at every other supervisors meeting.

Earlier in the Feb. 6 meeting, supervisors noted they “had no objections” to the request by Tinicum Democrats to use the township’s public meeting room for nominations and petition signing on Monday, Feb. 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. After the meeting, Solicitor Stephen Harris said those meetings “have always been allowed, and never been an issue,” with the item appearing on the agenda as “just an announcement it was going to happen.”

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