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FDMT, Montgomery Police Present 2013 Budget Requests

FDMT wants to replace a 20-plus-year-old engine, while the police wants to replace three patrol vehicles

Montgomery Township Police and Fire Department of Montgomery Township presented requests for the 2013 budget to township supervisors Wednesday at the third budget workshop meeting.

According to Dan Sokil of The Reporter, both departments want to increase their fleets with new service vehicles — FDMT with a new engine and the police with three patrol cars.

Director of Fire Services Rick Lesniak requested a replacement for its 1989 Hahn fire engine, which at present will cost an estimated $33,000 to repair its engine, transmission, electrical system and pumping system, according to the article.

All in all, Lesniak is requesting $450,000 for a capital replacement expensesin 2013, according to the article.

Police Chief Scott Bendig requested replacements for three old patrol cars, new uniforms and a new tactical sniper rifle, among other things, according to the article.

It is estimated to cost about $90,000 to replace a 2002 Dodge Intrepid, a 2009 Ford Expedition and a 2010 Ford Crown Victoria, according to the article.

Along with the replacement requests comes a plan for new fleet management, where highway patrol officers will drive newer, lower-mileage vehicles and administrative officers would use older vehicles, according to the article.

Read more about the 2013 Montgomery Township budget requests at this link.

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