Board OKs fire truck repairs

FLINT TWP. — The dreaded check engine light is lit in one of the township’s three fire trucks and needs to be checked out, among other things.

The township board at its July 7 meeting unanimously approved Fire Chief John Ringwelski’s request for about $7,000 in fire truck repairs. Funds to cover the repair work are available in the budget, he said.

Repair estimates are from Cummins Bridgeway in Saginaw, which will do the work.

Chief Ringwelski said the fire department’s trucks have had ongoing turbo problems. The newest truck is barely five years old and already has turbo replacement issues, he said.

This is first of two repairs needed, he said of an estimated $7,082 in repair costs. A second needed repair is expected to cost less, he said.

Trustee George Menoutes asked why a truck with only 37,492 miles on it is already having turbo trouble.

Chief Ringwelski said that so far Cummins, the dealer, can’t explain it.

Menoutes advised him to remember that the next time the department needs to buy a fire truck.

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