Created on Thursday, 22 May 2008 07:08
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 May 2008 07:08
By Kara Herlihy
Larry Smith and Susan Benoit of the Vermont League of Cities and Towns (VLCT) appeared before the Moretown Select Board on May 19 to discuss health insurance options for full-time town employees.
Smith and Benoit presented the board and various members of the public with detailed documentation of their current health benefit packages as well as other options available to the town. The board plans to review the materials and meet with VLCT representatives sometime in August.
Also present at the May 19 meeting were members of the fire department, including Moretown Fire Chief Eric Howes, who spoke to the need to move forward with the emergency vehicle purchased approved at the March 4 Town Meeting.
While the fire department has submitted a grant application to FEMA to offset the truck's cost, Howes said he is concerned that if they wait to hear about the grant, prices will increase up to five percent, as estimated by Dingee Machines.
The department's current vehicle, a 1987 van, "doesn't suit our needs," according to Howes, and should be replaced by a four-wheel diesel-engine rescue vehicle, similar to an ambulance.
"It's a 21-year-old truck," Howes said. "It can only safely carry two people with seatbelts," he added.
The new vehicle will have a walk-in body and a four-door cab, with multiple roll-up doors for tool storage and easy access to equipment.
Howes said he would like to be able to order the truck by June 1 and not miss the deadline for 2009. Moretown voters approved an article at Town Meeting for the fire department's truck purchase not to exceed approximately $160,000.