ENTERPRISE — The Enterprise City Council put on hold the purchase of an aerial ladder fire truck Thursday following a request by Fire Chief Cecil Thrush Jr.
Thrush told city council members that the Abilene Fire Department is upgrading its vehicles with a purchase of a new truck at the end of the year. The Abilene Fire Department would be able to sell the truck outright, he said.
He told council members that the truck Abilene is replacing would be available for purchase at $10,000, and would be 20 years newer than the fire truck they are using now.
“It’s such a wonderful truck at a great price,” Thrush said, adding that he also knows the history of the truck he wants to purchase.
However, several council members were concerned about purchasing the truck.
“I hate to move too quickly on large purchases,” said Brent McKeeman. Although he added, ‘I don’t want to discourage you from being alert (to good deals).”
Another member, David Vilcot, asked if Thrush was sure if he had the money in his budget for the purchase.
Thrush said that he thought Enterprise may be able to get up to $5,000 for the 1974 fire truck it is currently using, leaving a balance of $5,000.
However, Vilcot wondered if Thrush could really recoup that amount.
Even if the current fire truck would not bring that much revenue, Thrush said that at $10,000, that would be $2,000 spread out over a five-year period.
Vilcot asked Thrush to go break down his budget to see if he had $2,000 or more left.
Superintendent Paul Froelich said that the city would be able to qualify for a low-interest loan through the Kansas Insurance Commission to purchase the truck.
The funds go towards any city equipment, and has to be approved by the Insurance Commission.
Still McKeeman had reservations.
“It’s still a loan and we’re still paying interest,” he said.
Thrush said that although the fire truck is a “great truck” it has started showing some electrical issues.
“It’s going to start nickel and diming us for repairs,” he said.
Thrush said the Abilene Fire Department will be signing the contract Jan. 2 for the new truck, and if Enterprise does not purchase it, it will be put up for purchase. He said he estimated the truck would sell for a minimum of $60,000.
The board agreed to look at the issue again at the January meeting. Thrush agreed to do some more research.
In a written report, librarian Chris Ostermann stated that there is a candidate for the open spot on the Enterprise Library Board. She said the library board will vote at the next meeting, and if the candidate is approved, the name will be forwarded to the city council for its approval.
Talked to Lee Miller of Corner Properties regarding a tax abatement. More information is needed from the county;
• approved the yard of the month for Kyle and Marla Griffis and Shawn and Melissa Stoneberger.
• approved a cereal malt beverage for R Bar (Kim Anderson).
• approved a resolution for an unsafe and dangerous structure at 412 S. Bridge owned by Bernadette and Thomas Sullivan.
• approved Froelich as a temporary enforcer of blight.