Alderman Kevin Rucker voiced opposition to option one, stating that the city was putting a “band-aid” on the issue.
Nearly a month after rescinding an ordinance allowing the purchasing and financing of a new jet fuel truck, the Osage Beach Board of Aldermen approved a motion to purchase a used truck and repair its current one.
The decision to back out of the deal with Garsite Aviation Refueling Equipment in June after Mayor John Olivarri broke a 3-3 tie to purchase a new truck at a cost of $171,645 cost the city approximately $17,000 in a lost down payment. Airport Manager Ty Dinsdale was tasked with reviewing other options including repairs, used trucks and other alternatives.
Last Thursday, Dinsdale offered the board four options, which he said were all viable, to solve the issue of the airport’s jet fuel truck. The city’s current fuel truck is in poor shape and needs approximately $17,500 worth of repairs to run safely and effectively. Dinsdale told the board without having a fuel truck available at Grand Grand Glaize Airport, the city is losing out on revenue.
The first option was to purchase a used truck from Iowa currently on the market for a negotiable price of $15,000 and have the current truck repaired by a local low bidder for approximately $17,500.
Option two was to purchase the Iowa truck and send its current truck to Houston International to have them re-chassie the vehicle for $55,000.
The third option was to purchase a new-used truck by Houston International built to the city’s specifications for $85,000.
Option four was a combination of options one and two.
“We recommend option three mainly because it would give us an updated truck with Houston’s option of $85,000 built to our specifications. We know eventually that if the board chooses option one, this will be a fast fix and save a lot of money,” Dinsdale said. “We feel the need to update our vehicles since they are already 28 years old. If we did option one, we would be stuck with two 30-year vehicles with no guarantees.”
The city had set aside approximately $42,000 for the first year payment for purchasing a new truck, but lost $17,000 of that to the rescinded contract, leaving about $25,000 capital left in the airport budget.
Aldermen Jeff Bethurem and Richard Ross voiced support for option one, stating that it aligned with the city’s comprehensive plan suggestions for spending taxpayer dollars. Alderman Kevin Rucker voiced opposition to option one, stating that the city was putting a “band-aid” on the issue.
“We’ll be back here in another year or two trying to get them updated,” Rucker said. “I was in favor of the brand new one. I’m not in favor of rebuilding these ’88, ’89 chassies. We need to get something more up to date.”
Olivarri also had some concerns related to option one.
“I guess the fact we’re looking at having two vehicles, one a 1988, one a 1989, we know what shape ours is in,” the mayor said. “We’re talking about the possibility of buying a vehicle we know nothing about, some gauges, at least one is not functioning.”
According to Dinsdale, the Iowa truck has a pressure differential gauge currently not working, which Bethurem said could cost approximately $550 to fix.
Ultimately, Bethurem made a motion, seconded by Ross, to direct Dinsdale to negotiate the price of the Iowa truck and not to spend more than $17,000 on the cost and transportation back to Osage Beach.
Additionally, the motion included approval for the current fuel truck to undergo repairs not to exceed $17,563 by a local mechanic. Rucker was the lone vote against the motion.