REED CITY \u2013 The Reed City Fire Department is nearing the point at which it will need to get rid of two tender trucks. During their regular monthly meeting on Monday, Oct. 17, members of the Reed City Council heard a stark report from fire chief Jeff Stein about the growing costs to maintain and repair the older-model No. 2 and No. 3 tender trucks. While seeking permission to sell tender truck No. 2, Stein updated members on Monday that tender truck No. 3 had gotten new rings and the pump was being tested. However, he said once the tender is returned he would like to get rid of it. \u201cThere\u2019s transmission problems with Tender No. 2,\u201d he said. \u201cOn our last call, there were problems when it was in reverse. If we hadn\u2019t had our guys back there to watch, someone could have gotten really hurt.\u201d Whether it could be sold on the Michigan Truck Trader auction site or as scrap, Stein said whatever the city could get from the sale of the tender would be better than continuing to do pay repair costs. Council members questioned the procedures in regards to the sale by bids or scrapping the truck, as well as the city\u2019s liability to sell a tender truck to someone at auction. \u201cI would absolutely inform people not to buy it as a fire truck,\u201d Stein said. \u201cIt needs a lot of work; it needs a new radiator and shackles. Some of the parts, they don\u2019t make anymore. It\u2019s just not smart to put more money into the truck that will just crap out and burn.\u201d City Manager Ron Howell added the truck is no longer usable as a fire truck. \u201cHe can advertise on the open market and look into the possible alternatives, such as scrapping it,\u201d he said. \u201cOut there on the auction block, those would be bids as they will not hit the requirement for the council to request bids.\u201d Supporting the measure for bids on Tender No. 2, council member Roger Meinert pointed out there needs to be a long-term plan in place for the city so it isn\u2019t burdened by repair and purchase costs. \u201cCouncil needs to take a serious look at what we have and plan for what is down the road,\u201d he said. \u201cNot only for the fire department, but the police department and the city. We have to look at leasing trucks. In that way, the life of these trucks is between 20 to 25 years. If they\u2019re on a 10-year rotation, it would be a constant cost, a budgeted line item. A rotation plan for the trucks, Meinert said, can help modernize the fleet. Council members also approved the following items during Monday\u2019s meeting: tabled a resolution for department head and administrative employees\u2019 salary increase adjustments until other contracts are settled;tabled a professional services agreement between the city and engineering firm Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr and Huber for projects on Todd and Stimson avenues until a representative from the firm can explain the large increase from initial cost estimates; approved Red Tail Brewing Company to move forward with its business plan; obtain bids for residential solid waste disposal; supported the transfer of a liquor license to Sunny\u2019s Bar and Grill; and approved a corrective action plan to address deficiencies in the 2016 auditing procedures report.