After 32-thousand dollars of repairs, the Newton Fire Department’s Ladder Truck is back and ready to respond to calls. During an annual inspection earlier this year, structural deficiencies were found with the ladder. It took nearly two months to repair the ladder and replace the truck’s rear leaf springs and the fan blade on the motor. The ladder fix cost just over 21-thousand dollars and was done by Fire Services Incorporated of St. John Indiana. Power Systems of Altoona replaced the leaf spring and fan blade for over 11-thousand dollars. City staff notes these were the first major repairs to the 18 year old Ladder Truck. While it was being fixed, the City of Grinnell allowed the Newton Fire Department to borrow, free of charge, a ladder truck they recently replaced but kept as a reserve.