Wayne (MI) Approves Sale of Fire Apparatus

As Wayne works to deal with its financial deficit, Inkster will remove a large debt by purchasing Wayne’s aerial ladder fire truck.

Financially strapped itself, Inkster is purchasing the truck using an $800,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency/ Department of Homeland Security. The grant was set to expire on March 28, if not used.

Part of the arrangement, approved by the Wayne Council last week, allows Wayne to use the 2007 E-One 134-foot Bronto on a 2014 Cyclone chassis truck and calls for training Inkster firefighters on the apparatus.

“The note left on the truck is just over $800,000. With the FEMA grant, this will just about be revenue neutral,” said Wayne-Westland Fire Chief Michael Reddy, who is also heading the Inkster Fire Department on a trial basis through June 30.

Wayne Councilwoman Susan Rowe agreed that off-loading the debt from the ladder truck would be a very good idea for the city, but had some questions, including the payoff amount and access to the truck.

The city borrowed $1 million to purchase the aerial ladder truck, said Wayne Finance Director James Ghedotte and is scheduled to make $53,000 payments on the truck twice a year. Wayne owes $825,000 in principal for the truck, he said, but he got conflicting numbers on the payoff amount of $825,000 versus a termination value of $858,000.

“I asked about the difference when we met with Chase (Bank) and they will get back to me to let me know,” said Ghedotte, adding the city had budgeted a $53,000 payment in June which could be used to pay the balance beyond the grant funding.

Once the sale of the fire truck was approved and the agreement for use and training was under discussion, Rowe asked where the vehicle would be stationed.

“As it stands today, if Inkster (council) approves it, we will house the truck at the Inkster fire station,” said Reddy. “As the fire authority progresses, that could change.”

It would not take long for the Inkster firefighters to be trained on the aerial ladder truck, Reddy said.

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