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Old fire truck is for sale

POSTED: October 7, 2011 7:00 a.m.

 The city of Holyrood has an old fire truck for sale and will accept sealed bids for the 1971 Ford single-axle truck.

That was the decision of the city council after Holyrood fire chief Mark Bredford informed the council that he had received a $2,500 offer for the truck from council member Erik Howell.
Howell excused himself from the meeting so that the attending members of the council, Ron Etchison, Christi Herber, Brandon Koch and mayor Ken Schepmann could discuss the proposal.
Bredford informed the council that he advertised the truck through a website that specializes in fire trucks and equipment for about a year, but had not had any inquiries.
After a short discussion, the council made a motion to sell the truck to Howell with Herber and Koch voting for the sale and Etchison voting against it.
“I think we need to be transparent about this,” Etchison said as he cast his nay vote. “Other people might want to bid on the truck.”
Immediately following the vote, Herber changed her mind.
“I hate to waffle on my vote, but maybe you are right,” she said to Etchison. She then asked Bredford if the sale of the truck was the topic of local conversation.
“I don’t think they know it’s for sale,” Bredford said.
After another short discussion, the council approved a motion to rescind the previous motion and offer the truck for sale with sealed bids. The council plans to advertise the truck on the local cable television channel and in the Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter.
Bredford said that the truck would be stripped of almost all of its’ firefighting equipment before the sale, leaving only the chassis and cab.
“Unless we get a really high offer for the whole thing,” he added.
Bredford informed the council that three fireplugs needed to be replaced, one at Main and Nassau, one at Frank and Nassau and one at Frank and Santa Fe. The council asked Bredford to get quotes for the plugs and bring them to the next city council meeting.
In other council news:
• Herber proposed that the council investigate drug testing of city employees and a revised policy and procedures manual for the city. The council decided to discuss Herber’s proposal at the next city council meeting.
• Herber proposed that the speed limit on Main street be lowered to 20 m.p.h. as opposed to the current speed of 30 m.p.h. The council tabled the proposal until Gene Whitey, the Holyrood police chief returns from his Kansas Law Enforcement Training in Yoder.
• City clerk Neysa Brown reported to the council that she had received nine applications for the maintenance supervisor’s position that has been vacated by Randy Zajic. The council decided to analyze the applications in executive session following the open meeting.
• The council tabled a meeting with Richard Qualls, owner of the property at 207 N. Main. The city had sent Quall a letter with safety concerns about the property.
• Howell reported to the council that the city needed to purchase a walkie-talkie for the police chief. The current radio cannot be tuned to the modern digital frequencies. The council asked Howell to bring estimates to the next meeting.
• Howell also reported that Whitey would like a spotlight to be mounted upon the police pickup. However, the current configuration of the light bar on the vehicle prohibits the mounting of a spotlight. The council decided to table the discussion until Whitey returns to Holyrood.
• The council discussed the annual Christmas party. The party will once again be held at K-Jacks in Holyrood, with the city paying for the entre and beverages to be paid for by the attendees. The party will have a $10 gift exchange. The council will set the date at the next meeting.
The next meeting of the Holyrood city council will be at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at city hall.

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