July 13, 2008

Milton Votes to Loan Fire Truck to Nanticoke

By Sherry Long, The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Jul. 13--NANTICOKE -- Milton borough in Northumberland County voted Wednesday during its council meeting to lend the city of Nanticoke one of its fire trucks, a pumper engine, until the city can purchase a permanent one.

Nanticoke City Administrator Kenneth Johnson is also one of Milton's council members. He abstained and declared a conflict of interest when the Milton council voted.

Milton has several other fire trucks and two other fire engines, Johnson said.

Johnson said he will probably send the Hanover section's 1974 truck back to its station on Espy Street and keep the Milton loan truck at the city's main headquarters across from the municipal building.

Milton Council President Todd Reedy said this transaction is a true loan and not a rental to Nanticoke.

"We have the extra piece of equipment. It is a good neighborly thing to do," Reedy said.

Johnson hopes the Milton truck will be delivered sometime this week after Milton's borough manager sends an agreement. But Milton can't send the truck and Nanticoke can't receive it until the truck is put on the city's insurance policy.

The agreement is just an assurance that Milton can get the fire truck back if something happens to one of its other engines, Johnson said.

Milton's borough manager, Chuck Beck, learned of Nanticoke's need after a notice appeared in the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs, Johnson said. Beck then approached Johnson about lending Nanticoke a fire truck.

"I was approached by them. The offer was totally from them," Johnson said.

Sherry Long, a Times Leader staff writer, may be reached at 829-7159.


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