GH Twp. purchases fire truck

The Grand Haven Township officials decided to purchase a new fire truck, fulfilling a promise made to the voters who approved a millage to fund a truck purchase.
Alex Doty
Sep 28, 2012

 

“The township fire department is excited to be getting this new piece of apparatus,” Township Supervisor Karl French said.

The township board paid $767,197 this week for the new Seagrave fire apparatus. To fund the purchase, $413,197 will come from the general fund, and $354,000 will come from a one-year special fire equipment millage approved by voters in August.

“The overall expense was larger than we’d anticipated… which was a little embarrassing,” French said.

When originally looking at the purchase of the new fire truck, officials from the township had estimated the cost would be about $750,000.

French said costs increased from the time the department sought estimates to when officials went out to make the actual purchase.

The new quint fire truck will replace the township’s 23-year-old Engine 1022, a 1989 Pierce and the department’s “first-out” engine. The 1022 is obsolete and has experienced equipment failures during the past year.

“It’s good to know that the Grand Haven Township customers and the firefighters will be receiving a new piece of equipment that will serve the needs of the community for 25 years or more,” Grand Haven Township Fire Chief Tom Gerencer said.

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Comments

MeanSmith

I hear firefighters pull a lot of hose.

newspaperlawyer

This situation is very unfortunate. I really believe that the GH Twp fire is in need of a new fire truck. But I really do think the way this vehicle was sold to the tax payers is a crime. First of all the fire department will be in need of a second replacement truck in the real future to replace the other pumper truck is also in need of repairs. It seems to me that if the replacement pumper was purchased first the GH TWP fathers would had the proper funding in the beginning without a mileage vote. What I don't understand is how you can ask as for a mileage and not have the totally purchasing cost prior. So now the other additional cost of $53,000.00 on top of the mileage will be taken from the general fund... This is just unacceptable practice by our TWP officials. Really who is running this operation. The Twp Supervisor Karl French who is an ex firefighter... who just rubber stamps all expenditures... Secondly after doing some research on Seagraves Fire Equipment who our fire chief states has the best product... I really question the integrity of this decision... Here the fire department has a committee of firefighters on it and the chairman of this committee is a sales person for Seagraves Fire Equipment. Boy I believe this is huge integrity issue by our TWP board. But maybe this is how business is conducted now in GH TWP... by the TWP Supervisor also bidding on Heating and Cooling projects for TWP owned properties. It seems to me that other truck bids were lots cheaper and not over budget. I will vote NO on any other twp mileage in the future unless the board starts showing some respect on spending to the taxpayers....

 

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