SIKESTON -- The Sikeston City Council authorized an equipment lease-
purchase agreement for a new E-One Rescue Pumper fire truck and related equipment during their regular meeting Monday.
The total cost is $575,990 of which the city will initially pay $73,000 and enter a lease-purchase for the balance.
Requests for financing proposals will be due Dec. 15, according to City Clerk Carroll Couch. Council is then slated to approve the apparent low bidder at the Council's special meeting Dec. 18. It is expected the lease purchase will be for approximately eight and a half years, depending on the interest rate.
"It's our standard rotation that we do," said Drew Juden, director of the Department of Public Safety, regarding the purchase. "We have an ongoing, active replacement cycle."
Juden said fire trucks have typically been on front-line duty for about five years after which they are kept as backups for another 10 years.
While DPS does not have as much experience with the new all-aluminum trucks, "they seem to be holding up quite well," he said.
The former designs which used a steel chassis had problems with rust, he said.
In other business Monday:
* A contract addition for the city's solid waste disposal services was approved.
Chuck Leible, city counselor, advised when Sonny's Solid Waste submitted their bid for the disposal of solid waste and garbage, they requested the right to renegotiate their bid if the cost of fuel exceeded $3.80 per gallon.
The contract addition provides that if their average cost of diesel fuel exceeds $3.80 per gallon for a 15-day period, Sonny's may renegotiate their contract without penalty.
If Sonny's and the city are unable to reach an agreement, Sonny's may cease operations with a 60-day notice.
* Ward 1 Councilman Jerry Pullen and Ward 4 Councilman Michael Harris are both running for new terms without opposition, according Couch.
Councilman Bill Stokes, who presently holds the at-large council seat up for election in April, said he did not seek another term due to increased responsibilities at work.
Mike Bohannon and Matt Tanner will appear on the ballot for the position.
The last day to file for City Council positions was Nov. 21.
* The leaf collection program is still on schedule, according to Steve Lee, street superintendent.