The Berkshire Eagle  reports the North Adams Fire Department's 1994 utility truck is headed for retirement.

Affectionately referred to as the "blueberry," the truck has seen better days. A hole in the floor has been covered by a road sign, the exhaust system is beyond repair, among other issues. Maintenance costs continue to mount.

Mayor Thomas Bernard will introduce a request to the City Council on Tuesday to purchase a for a 2019 Ford Super Duty F-350 truck.

The mayor's request is to pull $52,663.70 from the city's parking meter reserve account, which is regularly utilized to purchase new vehicles for the police and fire departments. The account is replenished primarily through the revenues obtained from public parking meters, like those that line Main Street.

The balance of the account is $265,480.


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