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Surrey Twp. mulls purchase of $440K pumper

By Pat Maurer
Correspondent

One of the things discussed at Surrey Township’s regular monthly meeting Tuesday was the potential purchase of a new pumper for the fire department.

Fire Chief Dave Williams said he has been “looking into” a new truck to replace two older vehicles that the department has now.

He presented the board with a quote from Front Line Sales of Freeland for a 1,000 gallon Rosenbaurer truck with a total price of $460,000. He said the two trucks that the new one would replace would have a $70,000 trade-in leaving the township with a $390,000 total cost to finance. He said the cost could be cut by $20,000, dropping the price to $440,000, by eliminating a foam dispenser, which would have a high operation and maintenance cost for the department.

He said the new truck could potentially be purchased with $100,000 down and annual payments of approximately $47,000. Payments would come from the fire department millage. The department has $356,000 in their fund.

“There would also be a savings in fuel, maintenance and we would free up one driver,” he told the board.

Superintendent Russ Hamilton said the department’s first truck was also a Rosenbauer vehicle.

The board voted 4-0 to allow the chief to “move forward on this.”

He will bring more information back to the board on the potential purchase.

The board also voted unanimously to extend the recycling program at the Village from weekends every two weeks to every weekend. The township shares the cost of the Kap Paesens who works at the facility for eight hours each Friday and Saturday. The township would pay half of his wages or 8 hours each week.

County Commissioner Lynn Grim reported to the board on the business at the county level.

She said Veterans’ Director Renee Haley has been selected as one of the Guardians to escort World War II veterans to Washington DC to see their memorial. Two veterans from Clare County were selected for the Honor Flight, the first from Central Michigan.

She also said the foreclosure auction for Clare and Gladwin Counties will be held September 2 at the Doherty Hotel, and that the County is working on a Backpack Program to provide food for children who would not have food over the weekends.

Other business at the meeting included:

*Approval of a low bid from Ken Pitchford for annual mowing of the old landfill property at $825 and the cemetery at $450.

*During Public Comment, Grim noted that the Farmer’s Market is now open in the Village Park on Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m. and at the old lumberyard on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. She said their opening days last weekend were well attended.

*Rod Williams gave the monthly zoning report.

*The board approved the payment of monthly bills totaling $49,453.56 and reviewed the treasurer’s report.

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