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G.P. fire truck sustains severe damage from frozen pipes
The Grants Pass City Council during their Monday workshop heard a special item from Public Safety Chief Joe Henner concerning severe damage suffered by a city fire truck during last week’s freezing weather.

The truck was being serviced by Cummins Northwest, LLC., in Central Point when the damage occurred after employees at the company left the truck outside in freezing temperatures. Henner said the truck is one of three in Grants Pass and Public Safety’s efficiency is undermined by the loss of the truck.

The city paid $350,000 for the truck in 2008 and City Manager Aaron Cubic says the truck will likely cost $50,000 to repair. Council action is needed to approve the repairs and the item was added to Wednesday night’s council meeting agenda.

City Attorney Mark Bartholomew said it’s likely the city will receive compensation from Cummins Northwest for the damaged truck.

Councilors also heard a presentation from CALEA who are in the process of reviewing Public Safety practices and procedures. Grants Pass has received CALEA certification for 20 years.

An EPA grant concerning brownfields’ properties in the area such as Josephine General Hospital and the fairgrounds was moved from a consent calendar item to an action item for Wednesday’s meeting.
Posted by Jared Dill