Council OKs acceptance of fire truck

REED CITY — The Reed City Fire Department will soon have another fire truck to utilize during local emergencies.

Nearly three months ago, Reed City Fire Chief Jim Decker placed placed the department's name into a federal surplus program to take advantage of the possibility that a truck would become available.

"We knew were were going to be in need so we put our name on the list," Decker said.

Three weeks ago, Decker's wish came true and a 1996 Pierce pumper was offered for no charge out of Camp LeJeune, N.C. Decker retrieved the vehicle and took it to be examined.

He said the truck is in need of about $5,300 in maintenance, which includes new tires, brakes, a battery and re-lettering. A pump test was completed and passed. Members of the Reed City Council approved a motion to accept the pumper and authorized Decker to obtain bids for the needed maintenance.

In addition, the council approved a motion for the fire department to conduct testing in each fire hose. Decker said the department has about 11,400 feet of hose, which would total $2,600 for the less expensive of two bids he received, at 23 cents per foot of hose. The opposing bid was for 29 cents per foot.

In more news, the city council approved a Class C liquor license for Seven Slot Grille, located in downtown Reed City. Restaurant owners Doug and Christie Wallace attended the meeting and said they have the desire to open for dinner service and begin serving beer and wine with meals.

In more business, Reed City Police Chief Chuck Davis presented a certificate of appreciation to Reed City Police officer Destinee Bryce, who assisted a local student in a time of need without hesitation.

Council members also approved motions to:

  • seek proposals for the water system hydraulic analysis and general plan,
  • extend a contract with CenterPoint Energy through March 31, 2015, and
  • authorize a request for bids concerning a three-year contract for residential solid waste removal.