A 34-year-old fire truck was one of the items approved as city surplus during Tuesday's Neosho City Council meeting.

The truck, a 1979 Boardman fire truck built on a GMC chassis, has served in the city's reserve fleet for the past 13 years. Before that, the pumper was in the front line fleet for 21 years.

In his request to make the truck surplus property, Fire Chief Mike Eads said the normal life of a front line pumper was 15 years, with five to 10 more years in service as a reserve or backup truck.

"Don't we have a use for this truck?" asked city council member Steve Hart. "We're going to get practically nothing for it. I hate taking a useful something and turning it into a nothing."

In reply, Eads said it wasn't practical to keep the truck for several reasons. He said the truck has several valves which leak and need rebuilding or replacement. The truck box itself is rusted out and has several holes. The apparatus can only carry two firefighters and their equipment.

"And the biggest thing, there is no place to put it inside," Eads quipped.

The truck is being replaced by a 1987 model which is being taken out of front line service. That truck has an aluminum bed which doesn't rust and can be mounted onto a different chassis should the drive train give out.

But will the old truck immediately be auctioned off? No, the fire chief said.
"I'll get the word out to all of the area fire departments to see if they need a truck," he said. "If there is no response, then we will put it into auction."

The 1987 truck is being replaced by a new Precision model the city took delivery of a few weeks ago.

The council unanimously decided to list the 1979 fire truck as surplus property.

In other business, the council declared as surplus property equipment and office furniture from the city's public works department, but a number of trucks were withheld from that list. The unanimous vote came after the group approved a bid for four new trucks for the department: a ¾ ton four wheel drive service truck with a utility bed and three half-ton four wheel drive, regular cab pickups with a V6 engine and a long bed. The department reviewed two brands — Ford and Chevy — with the Ford option coming out as cheaper. Joe Machens Ford of Columbia bid the ¾ ton truck at $26,258, while the three half-ton pickups were bid at $19,384 each. The trucks will be paid for out of the water / wastewater fund.

The trucks are to replace four public works vehicles, the oldest of which is a 1992 model. However, Public Works Director Mike Hightower said he wasn't ready to list those trucks as surplus yet, but would do so when the new trucks arrive.

In other business Tuesday, the council:

• Awarded the contract for auctioneering services to Circle L Auction Service, which is owned by Jim Lievens;

• Approved updating the mutual aid agreement with all fire departments in the county;

• Adjusted the fiscal year 2013-14 budget to reflect an increase in costs for the 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;

• Granted the annual maintenance agreement for outdoor warning sirens to Blue Valley Public Safety at a cost of $7,287;

• Approved 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 and;

• Approved a request that the city be reimbursed nearly $65,000 from Community Development Block Grant funds for a demolition project on Spring Street.