County Commissioners OK purchase of fire truck for Greenhead

Published: Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 03:06 PM.

The fire department was seeking $45,000 from the county and would provide $13,850 toward the purchase and other fees. The funds for the truck are budgeted for the Greenhead Fire Department, but Palmer was required to request the money from the board.

The Greenhead Volunteer Fire Department is a corporation, and it would share ownership of the vehicle with the county, Palmer explained.

Commissioner Lynn Gothard objected to the shared ownership, since the county has been considering making all the county fire departments county-controlled organizations.

“If we decided to bring this truck back into the county’s fire service, then we would have to buy back our part of the truck from your corporation?” Gothard asked. Palmer agreed.

Gothard said she would prefer the county had sole ownership of the firetruck. Palmer said he didn’t care who’s name was on the title, but he did want to retain possession of the truck.

“I would agree to signing over the title as long as there is some language in there that says the truck would stay permanently in Greenhead,” Palmer said.

“Maybe it’s just my attorney mind, but I always start shaking in my boots when I hear someone say ‘permanent,’” said County Attorney Jeff Goodman. “I always wonder, ‘Fifty years from now, how will this play out?’”

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