CHELSEA — Residents approved the transfer of money between fire department accounts Wednesday night in preparation for the purchase of a replacement tanker truck or new tank for the current truck.

The 26 residents who attended the special town meeting unanimously approved the transfer of $43,000 from the fire department’s building reserve account to the vehicle replacement reserve account, which has about $26,000 in it, according to Town Manager Scott Tilton.

The volunteer fire department’s 1989 Kenworth tanker has a leak, so the town is looking to either buy a used truck or a tank for its current truck.

Buying a replacement tank could cost $87,000, a like-new tanker could cost $285,000 and a used tanker could cost between $45,000 to $84,000, according to Tilton.

If it’s more costly than what the town has in the reserve account, the selectmen will have to call another special town meeting to allocate or raise money.

Paul Koenig — 621-5663
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