Vine Grove is getting a new, nearly $500,000 fire truck that will be in service either late next year or early 2021.

The city council in a 5-0 vote approved a motion to make the purchase. Council faced a Jan. 1 deadline to make a decision or the price of the truck — $497,000 — likely would have been more.

“The object is protecting our citizens and protecting our first responders is important,” Councilman Robert “Bob” Woosley said. “Our police department is no more important than our fire department and our fire department is no more important than our police department ... they protect us.”

Vine Grove Fire Chief Steve New provided Mayor Pam Ogden and council members information before the meeting about a possible fire truck purchase. Ogden said money has been and is being budgeted for the purchase.

New said the truck, which will take bet­ween 12 and 14 months to build, will replace a truck that went into service in 1997.

“Age is always a detriment in our business,” New said, adding trucks should be replaced every 20 to 25 years.

The new truck will have enhanced features such as a larger pump and the ability to carry one more firefighter, if needed, New said.

“We have to take care of our first responders,” Councilman Garry McCoy said.

Councilman Kristofor King was absent from Monday’s meeting. He and his wife, Daryn, had their third child Tuesday.

In other council news

• A bid of $157,929.36 was accepted from Scotty’s Contracting & Stone of Vine Grove for road resurfacing work. The city received $166,600 from the Ken­tucky Transportation Cabinet in discretionary money for road work. The city received only two bids. The other was by Flynn Brothers Contracting of Louisville and that bid was for $194,437.20. Council approved Scotty’s in a 5-0 vote.

The money will be split between work on Periwinkle Drive, Loc­ust Street, Fiddler’s Ridge, Crutcher Street, Twin Lakes Drive, East Piedmont Drive and South Rush­more Drive.

• The appointment of Ruben Verdie was approved for a three-year term on the Hardin County Board of Ethics.

Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at 270-505-1757 or jdalessio@thenewsenterprise.com.

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