FLINT TWP. — After some debate, the township board last week approved the sale of 15 used air cylinders to The Dive Shop on Corunna Road.
The request to sell them came from Fire Chief John Ringwelski and included an explanation that the cylinders were out of compliance and would incur costs to test and bring them back into compliance which must be done every five years.
In a 3-1 vote, the board accepted The Dive Shop’s purchase offer of $1,200 which breaks down to $80 per unit.
Trustee Frank Kasle cast the dissenting vote. He asked if the fire department had advertised the sale to find other buyers including another fire department which might be willing to pay more.
Ringwelski said he had advertised the bottles for sale previously and received no offers.
He also said he did not recall what the cylinders cost new.
Kasle’s motion to postpone the sale of the items died for lack of a second. He said he wanted to allow more time to seek other buyers.
Ringwelski said he had no problem with delaying the sale but hoped The Dive Shop would not lose interest in the purchase.
Voting in favor of the sale were Supervisor Karyn Miller, Clerk Marsha Binelli and Trustee Belenda Parker. Clerk Kim Courts and trustees George Menoutes and Barb Vert were absent.
Ringwelski said the now obsolete cylinders had been used as a backup system for filling Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) air bottles.
A compressor is now being used and the department also has several backup cylinders to fill bottles, when needed, he said.