The Jamestown Fire Department's ladder truck is "totaled out" the fire chief told the Jamestown Police and Fire Committee Thursday.
The truck was sent to Emergency Apparatus Maintenance in Lino Lakes, Minnesota, for additional work after repairs to the hydraulic system at a Fargo vendor were incomplete due to damage during ladder testing. Emergency Apparatus estimates the cost of parts to repair the truck at $1770,000 which does not include the costs for labor or transportation, said Jim Reuther, Jamestown fire chief.
"This could be over $200,000," he said. "The age and limited parts mean the repairs could exceed the value of the apparatus."
The ladder truck is owned by the state of North Dakota which purchased it in 1984 for use at the North Dakota State Hospital. Since 2014, the truck has also been used at fires outside the State Hospital's campus.
"We need to see what the State Hospital wants to do about the replacing or repairing the truck," Reuther said.
The city of Jamestown has an agreement with the State Hospital regarding the fire truck making the state responsible for repairs in excess of $500.
Reuther said a similar replacement truck would cost more than $1 million while trucks with less capability could cost between $825,000 and $1 million.
If the state authorizes the repairs, it could take up to six months to get the truck back into service.
In other business, the Jamestown Public Works Committee tabled a request from AE2S, an engineering and consulting firm, for an additional fee of $28,000 for its work on the stormwater utility fee plan.
Work on the project began in 2016 under a $98,000 contract. In July, the City Council authorized an additional $49,000 for work on the project that has not been implemented.
Jamestown Mayor Dwaine Heinrich said the city should not authorize any additional payments to AE2S until they are sure the project is complete.