BARODA — The Baroda Township Board on Monday voted unanimously to buy a new fire truck to replace one the township bought in 1989.

The truck is going to cost $592,503. The board decided to pay about half that amount in cash, and take out a loan to pay off the balance over three years.

The board on Monday also heard about talks to combine Baroda’s fire department with the Bridgman and Lake Township fire departments, bringing the idea of buying a new truck into question. But Fire Chief Larry Klug said if a merger does happen, it won’t take effect for some years.

“Even if we do combine, I think it’s still a good idea” to buy the truck, Klug said.

It’s advantageous to buy the truck now, because the price will get more expensive due to the rising cost of steel, Klug said.

The new truck will have a fully enclosed cab, a bigger pump, and tanks that hold 1,800 gallons of water, as compared to 1,100 for the current truck, according to Klug. Delivery will be in 2020, he continued.

Also Monday, the board agreed to change the township’s office hours.

The office will be open from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 9 a.m. to noon only on Wednesdays and Fridays. The change eliminates one afternoon.

Treasurer Brenda Troxell said Ed Heyn has resigned from the township’s Planning Commission, as he is moving out of the township. Anyone interested in filling his position should contact Supervisor Jim Brow or David Schultz of the Planning Commission, she said.

In other matters, the board agreed to pay Lakeshore Body $939 to repair the township’s maintenance truck, and to reimburse Clerk Christina Price a total of $200 for her out-of-pocket sign-up for clerk training.