Hancock council approves $358K fire truck purchase

HANCOCK – The city of Hancock Fire Department should be getting a new pumper truck after action taken by the Hancock City Council Wednesday.

During the council regular meeting, Fire Chief Joe Neher and Capt. Mark Dennis told the members the pumper they would like to get is a 2016 model at a cost of $358,519.

Neher said $10,000 of the cost would come from the fire department budget, and another $70,000 would come from the sale of the department’s current 1999 pumper to the Franklin-Quincy Fire Department.

“We have a good relationship with their department over the years,” he said.

Dennis said if the council approves the purchase of the new pumper, once it’s ordered it will take a year to build, but the city’s 1999 pumper should be sold immediately.

“They really want this truck,” he said.

City Manager Glenn Anderson said the city’s pumper has been on the market for a year. If the council approved the purchase of the new truck, $250,000 would come from the city’s fire millage, $30,000 would come from the city’s general fund, $70,000 from the sale of the 1999 truck and $10,000 from the fire department.

Council members approved the purchase of the new pumper truck. They also approved a loan from Superior National Bank for $280,000 at 2.49 percent interest for seven years for the truck.

Anderson also updated the council members on the status of 119 Quincy St., which developer Mike Lahti is renovating.

The building, which sat empty and unused for years, has the K.C. Bonkers Coffee Shop and Toy Store on the ground floor, Anderson said. Lahti is also constructing four apartments on the second floor.

Anderson said the cost for the renovation was paid for with $250,000 from a grant, $10,500 from the Hancock Downtown Development Authority, and $20,000 from the city.

The building was a good investment, Anderson said.

“This was a game changer for downtown,” he said. “It was a fairly significant project for downtown.”

The council also approved applying for a $188,800 Michigan State Housing Development Authority grant for the Wisti-Lawton Building project at the corner of Reservation and Quincy streets.

Anderson said the owners of the building are putting $40,000 to $50,000 of their money into each of the apartments to be built.