RIDLEY PARK — Council has agreed to purchase a 2003 rear-mount pumper fire truck from the now defunct Millbourne Fire Co. at a cost of $150,000. The agreement was reached at council's July meeting.
The borough will borrow $100,000 for the purchase of the truck while financing the balance with $25,000 from the Fire Relief Association of Ridley Park and $25,000 from borough funds.
Fire Chief Mike Eckenrode explained that the Millbourne apparatus will not replace any of the apparatus the borough company now has in operation but will extend the life of equipment already on hand. The Millbourne Fire Company went out of service several months ago and is selling off its equipment.
In another matter, residents from an apartment building on Morton Avenue complained to council about their cars parked on the street being ticketed for violating 2-hour parking limits between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. The residents said off-street parking provided by apartment owners is not enough to accommodate all the tenants.
Police Chief Robert Frazier explained that the parking restrictions are designed to keep SEPTA commuters from taking up parking spaces all day in residential areas. Borough Manager Richard Tutak said borough officials will work with the apartment residents try to come up with a solution.