The Evanston Fire Department may soon get a new aerial truck, replacing one that has logged heavy miles, having been in service since 1991.
But the price has sure gone up.
The city purchased its existing Pierce 100-foot aerial ladder truck, now considered in poor condition, for $307,639.
Officials are recommending purchase of a new 100-foot aerial ladder truck from Appleton, Wis.-based Pierce Manufacturing Company for a cost of $1,016,811.
The purchase has been three years in the planning, officials said, and requires a bond issue to spread the purchase over multiple years to minimize the economic impact to the city.