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February 6, 2013

Three Rivers City Commission authorizes payment of invoices for emergency repair of fire engine

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Written by: Bruce Snook
Three Rivers Municipal Building

The Three Rivers City Commission has authorized payment of invoices totaling slightly more than $10,000 for emergency repairs of Engine 211 (1995 Spencer).

The action came Tuesday evening (February 5th) in response to a city staff recommendation to formally approve the repairs and make a budget adjustment out of fund balance to compensate the fire department’s truck maintenance budget for the unexpected expenses.

A memo from City Manager Joe Bippus and Fire Chief Dan Tomlinson said the fire engine “experienced an extremely rare mechanical failure that in the end still lacks an undisputable cause.”  Accompanying the memo was a ‘Summary of Events Leading Up to Emergency Repair of Engine 211’.

The memo said, “The actual cost of the combined repairs was approximately $24,800.  Because of the circumstantial timing and the lack of undisputable evidence, the final invoices submitted to us were adjusted by Emergency Vehicle Products (EVP) to a total of $10,006.65.  Based upon the circumstances, city staff is confident this is an equitable conclusion.”

In other business, the commission:

  • approved Special Use Permit requests for massage establishments at 223 Portage Avenue and 1108 West Michigan Avenue
  • set February 19th as the date for a public hearing on an ordinance for reprinting the Three Rivers City Code
  • adopted a resolution authorizing Finance Director/Treasurer Cathy Lawson to make revisions to the Fiscal Year 2012-13 budget
  • reviewed and discussed the ‘goal list’ for 2013 and provided direction to the city manager
  • discussed a Draft Way Finding Sign Report and provided input on the subject
  • and appointed Larry Matson as an alternate member of the Board of Review.


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