First, it served the Neosho Fire Department as a front line pumper truck.

First, it served the Neosho Fire Department as a front line pumper truck.

Twenty-one years later, it was moved to reserves, where it served another 13 years.

Now, the city’s 1979 Boardman fire truck may be put up for auction.

The fire truck is one of several issues to be discussed Tuesday as the Neosho City Council meets for regular session. The meeting is set for 7 p.m. today at Neosho City Hall.

“The vehicle is 34-plus years old and has served the city well beyond a typical time period for a fire truck,” said Neosho fire chief Mike Eads. “[The] normal time frame for front line pumpers is 10 to 15 years and five to 10 years reserve.”

The truck is built on a GMC chassis and features a Detroit diesel engine and automatic transmission. It can pump 1,5000 gallons of water per minute.

Only the truck itself will be up for auction: no loose equipment will be included.
The truck is being replaced by a 1987 Pierce, which is being taken off of front line service as the fire department recently took delivery of a new Precision fire truck.

In another measure, the city council is also expected to declare the following property as surplus and place it up for auction:
• Several vehicles, including a 1993 Ford half-ton pickup, a 1994 Ford four-wheel-drive truck, a 1997 ¾ ton Chevrolet truck, a 1971 International Harvester Transtar semi, a Dodge Dakota pickup, a 1992 ½ ton truck, a 1992 Chevrolet ½ ton truck, a 1992 Ford ½ ton truck, a 1999 Chevrolet one ton pickup, a 1995 Ford extended cab truck, and a 1997 Ford Crown Victoria;

• Three box trailers;
• Two pickup beds;
• A Case bulldozer;
• Garage doors;
• A road grader;
• Office equipment;
• Two arc welders;
• Two zero turn radius mowers, and;
• A tractor.

On a related note, the city will consider awarding a contract for auctioneering services to Circle L. Auction Service. Circle L, owned by Jim Lievens, was the sole bidder on the project. The city submitted bid requests to six area auctioneering companies.

In other business, the council is expected to:

• Adjust the fiscal year 2013 budget to reflect an increase in expenditures for golf course capital. On Nov. 5, the council approved the bid purchase of a fairway mower and utility cart from Van Wall for $25,500;
• Approve updating the mutual aid agreement with all fire departments in Newton County;
• Grant the annual maintenance agreement for outdoor warning sirens to Blue Valley Public Safety at a cost of $7,287;
• Approve a change order on the 2013 street overlay project to reflect the cost of additional asphalt and less tack oil than originally estimated. The $7,951.52 addition brings the total cost of the project to just over $166,000;
• Will request that the city be reimbursed nearly $65,000 from Community Development Block Grant funds for a demolition project on Spring Street, and;
• Approve allotting $5,000 from the city’s hotel / motel tax fund to support the Neosho Exchange Club Flag Fund for the U.S. flag displayed at the intersection of U.S. 60 and Missouri Highway Business 49. The club has displayed the flag for more than 10 years, paying for electricity, mowing, and cost of the flags through donations.

“We feel that the flag is a source of pride for Neosho and helps in promoting the values that the city represents,” said Dr. Bill Doubek, president of the club, in a letter to Neosho City Manager Troy Royer. “Enhancing the city’s image is a key factor in attracting and encouraging visitors who will then eat and shop at our local businesses. … We think that this project is worthy of and fits the purpose behind the tourism fund and thank the city for giving our request its full consideration.”