The Village of Beisker is trying to put out metaphorical fires over a very real problem with their new fire truck.
"I understand the truck was used to service NASCAR racetracks in the southern States, so when it arrived up here it didn't have a block heater and it didn't even have a cab heater, but it had a huge air conditioner," recalled mayor Ray Courtman. "Up here fire trucks have heated water lines and that sort of thing to keep from freezing up in the winter time, well this didn't have any of that."
Because of that the new truck has been out of service all winter. So how did they wind up with a fire truck that only works when it's warm?
"It was relatively cheap as far as fire trucks go (and) it had all the bells and whistles on it that we wanted," replied Courtman. "We knew it needed modifications, (and) we were hoping to make the modifications relatively inexpensively, but that turned out not to be the case."
Right now, the village is renting a fire truck while the new one is in the shop, but the mayor notes there are options.
"To fix it, to basically keep renting a truck and the third one would be to replace it. For a village of a little over 800 people, this is an expensive proposition."
Right now village staff are trying to cost all of the options.
Courtman has put up a questionnaire for Beisker residents on the village Facebook page seeking their opinions.