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New Haven to update fire, utility vehicles

NEW HAVEN – New Haven City Council members gave the go-ahead Tuesday to buying about $500,000 worth of new vehicles and equipment for the city’s utility and fire departments.

Purchases include a built-in diesel generator and crane truck for the utility department and a fire truck for the New Haven-Adams Township Fire Department.

The 2013 fire truck is a demo from Pierce Manufacturing and will replace a 1986 model, Fire Chief John Bennett said.

The cost is not to exceed $374,000 for the truck and accessories, he said.

Adams Township has agreed to reimburse the city 15 percent of the cost, or $56,000, he said.

The last time the department bought a vehicle was in 2006, Bennett said.

The department has a fleet of 16 firefighting vehicles and a team of 75 firefighters, he said.

The city’s utility department will use the crane truck, mostly when pulling lift station pumps, said Dave Jones, superintendent of New Haven Utilities.

The diesel generator will be a built-in model at the utility shop, he said. It is needed so city workers can continue utility services during a power failure or a disaster, like an ice storm, Jones said.

Tax abatement OK’d

The council approved a tax abatement for Hercules Machinery Corp., a machining company at 5225 New Haven Ave. that is expanding and investing $1.3 million in new equipment and real estate improvements.

The company currently employs 30 and plans to add will add nine full-time jobs by mid-2015.

The company makes, sells and leases construction equipment such as diesel pile-driving hammers and foundation-related machinery.

The abatements would save Hercules $71,500 in taxes over the next seven years.