WEATHERFORD — By JUDY SHERIDAN
Parker County commissioners Monday reassigned an out-of-service county water tanker, approving a move from the City of Weatherford’s Fire Station 1 to Emergency Services District No. 1.
Thought too expensive to repair, the truck has been out of service since January 2013 according to a hand-marked inspection sticker, said Parker County Fire Marshal Shawn Scott.
Scott picked up the truck May 27 with Assistant Fire Marshal Frank Watson, eventually driving it to Daco Fire Equipment in Haltom City to be evaluated.
Daco found maintenance-related issues, Scott said, including a non-working primer pump and leaky valves that caused the truck to fail a pump test. Franks’s Wheel Aligning in Fort Worth, however, noted no bending of the frame, the reason given for shelving the truck at a prior county meeting.
“No cracks, no sways, no bows in the frame whatsoever,” Scott said, adding that the driver’s side of the truck had been found to be 1/4-inch low. The cost for repairs — excluding tires — has been estimated at just under $4,000, he said, and the truck is undergoing a second evaluation.
“While it cannot be said for certainty, it is presumed some of the issues found are the result of the lack of use and proper maintenance over the last 18 months,” Scott said in a written report to the court.
Precinct 1 Commissioner George Conley moved that the county reassign the tanker to ESD 1 to bring it back into compliance for service, saying the ESD was willing to pay for the necessary repairs.
“If they want the tanker, they’ll do whatever should’ve been done to begin with,” County Judge Mark Riley said.
It appears the truck was not presented to the appropriate mechanic for evaluation for putting it back on the road, according to County Attorney John Forrest.