Goshen accepts fire, ambulance vehicle quotes

Goshen Board of Works member Mike Landis swears in Manuel Alejandro Aldana to the Goshen Police Department on Monday. The board approved hiring him as a probationary patrol officer, effective immediately.

GOSHEN — City officials have opened quotes for about $800,000 worth of emergency vehicles.

The Goshen Board of Works opened four quotes Monday for a replacement fire engine and another three for replacement ambulances. The city plans to purchase one truck and two ambulances as part of its regular equipment replacement schedule, according to Assistant Fire Chief Merv Miller.

Fire apparatus quotes included:

n $508,700, from Herb Fire Equipment Sutphen, of Dublin, Ohio 

n $517,300, from Global Emergency products, of Aurora, Illinois

n $606,754, from Sentinel Emergency Solutions, of Arnold, Missouri

n A quote of $44,000 for some optional equipment was received from Hoosier Fire Equipment, of Greenfield

Ambulance quotes opened were:

n $342,574 per vehicle from Alexis Fire Equipment, of Alexis, Illinois

n $289,771 per vehicle from Ford Fleet Ambulance, of Mishawaka

n $301,179 per vehicle from Crossroads Ambulance Sales and Service, of Middlebury

All quotes were referred to the city legal department for review.

Benefit concert

Also Monday, the board approved a revised request for a street closure for a benefit concert that will be put on by Kelley Jae’s Cafe on Saturday. The board had originally approved a closure on West Washington Street for a large tent, but Audrey Sheeley with the restaurant said the time window they had asked for wasn’t big enough.

Due to the size of the tent and the fact that they can’t drive stakes into the ground, it will take at least 12 hours of setup time, starting Friday at 8 a.m. They plan to have the street reopened by 1 p.m. on Sunday.

The board approved the request after briefly debating how big a concern it would be for emergency vehicles to get through. 

“So the only thing I guess is if there’s a fire, the truck may drive right through the tent,” member Mike Landis remarked. “I’m not sure that the fire department would say, ‘We’re not coming to put out the fire because there’s a tent there.’”

Sheeley said the event is a benefit for Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network. The concert will feature the band Gretchen’s Revenge and a remote broadcast by Froggy 102.7.

They hope to raise $15,000 to help GIHN. Donations of needed items will also be accepted, including cleaning supplies, diapers, men’s and women’s underwear, toilet paper, non-perishable food and gift cards in small amounts to buy items for job interviews or school supplies.

The bar opens at 5 p.m. Saturday and tapas style food will be served from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The concert is from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

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