ATHENS — The Athens Borough Council is moving forward with a pair of purchases following action taken at Monday’s monthly meeting.

The council approved the purchase of a 2019 Curbtender Street Sweeper for $132,000. The new piece of equipment, which will be used to clean the borough’s streets, is replacing a 2002 Pelican Street Sweeper.

The borough will be putting the old street sweeper up for sale. The council set the minimum bid price at $20,000.

Also at Monday’s meeting, the council officially moved forward with the purchase of a new fire engine.

Back in August, the council approved the borough’s fire department to look for a truck with a value of up to $450,000.

The new engine will be replacing a 1992 truck that the department is currently using.

Back in August, a representative from the fire department told the council that the truck would be paid off in 15 years with payments of $30,000 per year.

“It will be ordered in the next few weeks,” said Athens Borough Council President Bill Cotton, who added the truck will be “built in Pennsylvania by Pennsylvanians.”

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