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Leachville Council OKs fire department, PD purchases

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Leachville City Council made plans for an early loan pay-off to GMAC and purchase respirators and air-packs for emergency personnel use when the council met Monday, April 13.

The council agreed to complete an early loan pay-off to GMAC for the city's waste water treatment plant to avoid continued interest payments. The total amount of indebtedness was listed as $57,274, as of April 9, 2009.

Police Chief Keith Evans presented the March Police Department report. Turn-back fuel funding was listed at $4,639. Seven traffic citations were listed, with two DWI arrests and nine criminal arrests. One felony was listed with a drug probation search involving a meth lab.

"We need to purchase three respirators," Evans said. "When we are called on to investigate drug labs, the fumes are almost overwhelming. The respirators cost $180 each."

After a brief discussion the council voted to purchase two respirators and place them in the patrol cars of the two full time policemen.

Fire Chief Richie Pace gave the monthly Fire Department report. A request was made for four Scott Health and Safety Air-Packs with facemask. The total cost listed by Pro-Fire Equipment, L.L.C. was listed at $3,906 each for a total of $15,624.

The three fire trucks owned by the city include 1978, 1988 and 1996 models. Discussion involved future purchase of a newer fire truck and the necessary amount of funding that will be needed. Three accounts were considered for making the acquisition, which included Act 833, Fire Prevention Fund, and the General Fund.

After a brief discussion the city agreed to purchase two air packs, with two more as funds become available. One will be purchased from the Fire Protection Fund and one from the General Fund.

Discussion as to a special mail out letter to city residents asking for donations toward new equipment was discussed.

The Street Department reported having problems with the smallest dump truck. The Chevrolet 360 truck may be in need of a new transmission. No decision was made for repair or replacement of the truck.

"We are working to update our community disaster plan," said Mayor Sheila Spurlock. "We need to work out several details in order for it to meet the needs of the city during an emergency such as the ice storm."

"The ice storm brought daylight to everyone as far as the need for generators, cook stoves, meeting places and such," said Ruth Ann Keith.

Summer sports program representative Nathan Sanders requested additional ballpark lights, at an estimated cost of $9,000.

The council agreed to research for grants and get some quotes before making the purchase.

A leak has been reported in the Melody Theater roof. Mayor Spurlock agreed to check with the insurance company and get estimates for repair.

Reimbursements for meal expenses when employees are making business trips for the city were discussed. Per diem meal expenses suggestions included $7 for breakfast, $10 for lunch, and $18 for dinner, or a total of $35 per day for all three. The council agreed to pay overnight per diem of $35, and $17.50 for day trips.

City clean-up dates were set for Thursday thorough Saturday, April 23-25, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. each day. Four dumpsters have been reserved for collection. Proof of residency will be required for free dumping. The LIDC will be asked for financial help in paying county landfill dumping charges, as they did last year.

The council discussed the report from the March 16 LIDC meeting. Attending the meeting with three councilmen, Serena Duffle, Tommy Stone, and Bill Hetler. The commission holds meetings as needed, and has agreed to notify the city when they are held, so councilmen can attend.

The Cave Dwellers have agreed to be in charge of the city's annual Fourth of July fireworks display at the city park again this year.

The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be 7 p.m. Monday, May 11, at city hall.



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