Sunnyside puts new fire truck on wish list
Rewired turn signals, non-working brake lights and a possible mouse nest inside one of the compartments are just some of the current problems facing Sunnyside's firetruck.
Sunnyside City Fire Chief Gene Madrid believes the city is currently in need of a newer firetruck and listed just some of the reasons why:
* The current firetruck is 27 years old;
* The truck is considered to be in non-compliance with current code;
* Firetruck has been leaking oil;
* The wiring under the dashboard has been cut in places and looks like "a bowl of spaghetti."
"It has seen better days," said Madrid.
Another reason why Madrid is concerned about the fire truck is because it is considered to be in non-compliance, it could affect the fire department's ISO rating. ISO, which stands for Insurance Services Organization, a Marlton, N.J.-based firm, that conducts fire department evaluations at the request of individual departments.
Sunnyside City Mayor Doug Parsons said the city council would look into getting money from the Community Impact Board to purchase a newer firetruck. Parsons said that the city needs to show a need for the firetruck and show that it's out of compliance, which according to Madrid's description, fits under the CIB requirements. The Sunnyside city council included a new firetruck on their short-term list to the CIB which was sent in a few months ago.
The cost for a new firetruck is not cheap according to Madrid. He said that a new firetruck would cost about $208,000.
"We've got to do something," said Madrid. "We've exhausted all other options for funding for a truck that I know of."
The CIB board will be holding their next meeting in March.
Other news and notes:
*Councilors passed a motion approving the engineering agreement with Jones & DeMille Engineering for work on the sewer outfall line. Grant money from the CIB will go to cover the project which has a price tag of about $475,000.
The project has been discussed over the past year by the council and has been labeled as needing a "major overhaul" due to instances of a leak in the line, old pipes that need replacing and many other issues.
*City councilors will now have new assignments to cover as part of their duty serving for the city. Mayor Parsons assigned councilors to different departments for which they focus on and report to the council at each meeting. Nola Porter will cover the fire department, Froy Garcia will cover the ambulance, Shari Madrid will cover parks, recreation and cemetery, Kelly Maynes will cover the maintenance department and Tony Riffle will cover planning, zoning and beautification.
Parsons also requested that Madrid continue serving as the mayor pro-tem.