Membership in a Texas buying organization saved Rolla taxpayers several thousands of dollars, according to Fire Chief Robert Williams.
"We got an 8 percent discount," Williams said of the purchase of the 2013 rescue pumper that pumps 1,500 gallons of water per minute. "Plus, we get a $17,000 discount if we pay for it up front."
Those discounts, courtesy of the Houston-Galveston Area Council buying organization, give a final price of $455,274, Williams said.
At the last meeting in November, the council voted to join the Texas buying group at a cost of $2,000 per transaction.
Monday night, the council approved the purchase with no negative votes. Ten council members were present.
Information submitted to the council in the agenda packet shows the new vehicle will have an Impel chassis, a 450hp engine, a six-seat cab, a 1,500gpm pump and full depth compartments on the truck body.
At the meeting, Williams said the truck will actually have an Impel cab and chassis and a Quantum back end.
"This was about the fourth or fifth truck we went through," Williams said. "It morphed into what we got."
Such a combination is not unusual, Williams said, though it sounds like ordering a Chevrolet cab and chassis and a Ford bed on a pickup truck. "Another company just took delivery on one," he said. "They do it all the time."
Williams said the various changes were made to cut the price of the pumper. The Rolla officials working on the project went over the truck specifications meticulously and looked for features to cut. He noted that Pierce Manufacturing, the company that will build the truck for Rolla, had at one point worked in an AM-FM radio into one of the proposed fire trucks and assigned it a value of $900.
"No CD?" asked a councilman.
"No CD," Williams said.
"Needless to say, that was cut," City Administrator John Butz interjected.
Williams said the 2013 pumper, once it is build and delivered, will replace the 1989 Pierce 50-foot Tele-Squirt. The 2001 Pierce 75-foot Dash (L-33) will be placed into reserve.
The Tele-Squirt will be sold, and administrators hope to get at least $20,000 for it. It could be sold to another department or sold on govdeals.com.
Butz said after approval by the council, the finance department would come back within 30 days with a financing plan, likely a lease financing method with 10 annual payments.