The city commissioners approved the lease purchase of four fire department trucks at their meeting Monday.
The lease will run over 10 years with a payment of $300,000 every year starting Oct. 1, 2014. The first $300,000 approved in the budget this year will be used by Fire Chief Erron Kinney to equip the vehicles, which helped lower the price of the lease purchase agreement.
Three of the vehicles will be stored at the new fire station on Belinda Parkway, and one will be placed in the WEMA Station behind Mt. Juliet City Hall until the north side fire station along Lebanon Road can be built in the next few years.
The commissioners also approved an agreement with Transystems Corporation for providing traffic engineering services from the light at Pleasant Grove Road on North Mt. Juliet Road, all the way to a light to be built on South Mt. Juliet Road between Publix and Graves Crossing where Firehouse Subs and Blue Coast Burrito are located. According to Public Works Director Marlin Keel, the lights will be switched to a radar system because there is less maintenance, and it will help move traffic through the area much quicker.