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McMinnville To Include New Firetruck In FY 23-24 Budget

/ The Upper Cumberland's News Leader
McMinnville To Include New Firetruck In FY 23-24 Budget

One of the largest purchases planned for McMinnville’s fiscal year budget is a new fire truck for the city.

That’s according to Mayor Ryle Chastain. He said until 2016 the city had not upgraded any of the fire department’s vehicles for decades.

“Two of our frontline engines right now are anywhere from 28 to 33 years old and no longer meet some of the standards that the fire departments have and that the states have,” Chastain said. “So we’ve just had to make it a priority.”

Chastain said another focus will be for the capital projects. He said some of the projects will be paid for from ARP funding, and others will come out of the city’s almost $8 million general fund.

Chastain said some of those purchases include new specialized equipment for the police department. He said there will also be planned upgrades for City Hall’s HVAC unit and windows.

“Also it looks like this year we’re going to be able to provide a three percent cost of living adjustment for all of our employees,” Chastain said. “And that comes after last year when we were able to provide pretty sweeping raises for all of the city employees after we had a compensation study done that revealed that we were below the market average and pay for a lot of our positions.”

Chastain said for other budget priorities, they are looking to the wants and needs from the citizens as indicated the community surveys. He said that includes paving and sidewalk projects.


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