Fire truck debate heats up

Iola City Council members decided to ask vendors to resubmit bids for a new fire truck, after an extensive discussion about which proposal would best suit the department's needs.

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July 27, 2021 - 9:47 AM

City Council members rejected a proposal to buy a Darley fire truck, and asked for bids to be resubmitted. Photo by DARLEY.COM

Iola is not ready to pull the trigger on buying its next fire truck.

City Council members held another extensive discussion on the matter Monday before voting down Fire Chief Chase Waggoner’s recommendation to purchase a truck from W.S. Darley & Co. out of Wisconsin for $629,000.

At issue, Council members said, was that the Darley bid did not meet specifications when it comes to the truck’s engine.

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