Parade truck to be sold

It’s the end of the road for a 1934 International Model C truck, originally purchased to represent Rimbey as a showpiece.

Council, at its regular meeting Dec. 12, decided in a 4-1 vote, to sell the truck.

Coun. Jack Webb, who voted against the motion, said later he was sorry to see the project come to such a sad end. Webb realizes council does not have the money necessary to make the vehicle road worthy, but he was hopeful someone would step up to the plate to see the project through to completion.

“I think it’s too bad that the project couldn’t have been completed without any cost to the taxpayer.”

Mayor Sheldon Ibbotson doesn’t expect to recoup anywhere near the amount of money that was spent on the truck, which he noted totaled approximately $48,000. However, he does believe council could use the money from the sale to invest in one of the vehicles at the truck museum to be used as a parade truck.

“We could invest some money in one of them and make it road worthy and we could use it as a parade truck,” he said.

Ibbotson noted that estimates for full restoration came in at around $10,000 and automotive work was to be another $10,000.

Rimbey’s CAO Tony Goode will talk to representatives from the truck museum to ascertain the best approach to take towards selling the vehicle.

The disassembled truck was put into storage at Pas Ka Poo Park several months ago.

Council had tabled a motion from its Nov. 28 meeting to allow for public input regarding the truck, but none was received.

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