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Medical Lake cuts asking price on old fire engine

Thu., Feb. 19, 2009, midnight

The Medical Lake city council decided to drop the price of its 1970 American LaFrance Fire Engine to a minimum of $1,000.

The fire engine is no longer in use by the city and it is taking up space in the department’s garage.

Originally the city was advertising the engine for $3,000, but has had no takers. The city, however, had offers of $1,000 and is hoping to unload the truck as soon as they can.

“I would leave it open (the advertisement), until we get rid of it, honestly,” Doug Ross, city administrator said.

Ross also was interested to see how long the council would like to wait to take a look at the price again, in case the old truck doesn’t sell.

The council had hopes that since it had offers of $1,000 it wouldn’t have to re-evaluate the price.

“I’ll re-advertise it,” Ross said.

In other council news, Ross said that Waterfront Park remains closed due to trees and branches that fell during the recent snow storms.

He hopes the park will be back open in time for the Polar Bear Plunge which will take place Feb. 28.

Participants will dive into Medical Lake between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to raise funds for the Special Olympics.

The next Medical Lake City Council meeting will be March 3.

Contact staff writer Lisa Leinberger at 459-5449 or by e-mail at

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