Lake City Fire Chief addresses council

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Lake City Mayor Jon Milligan introduced Fire Chief Chris Snyder who addressed city council members at the regular Aug. 15 meeting.

Chief Snyder presented a tool recently purchased for the testing of water hydrant pressure. Periodic pressure testing of water hydrants and records are to be kept in a timely manner for presentation to ISO inspectors. Testing is to begin immediately.

Snyder also addressed the recent Legislative Audit of the City of Lake City. Chief Snyder voiced his concerns on having to prepare a W-2 form for any member of the Fire Department exceeding $600 annually for paid runs and meetings. An amount of $10 is paid for each run and meeting during the year for firemen, first responders do not receive anything for runs, but can receive a bonus at the end of the year. The Chief asked for a solution to solve this problem.

City Clerk Linda Simpson offered to construct a form letter for all members of the Fire Department to send to Senator Boozeman, Congressman Crawford, Senator Cooper and Representative Sullivan. Mayor Milligan said he will contact area fire departments and the Arkansas Municipal League to see if there is any solution to be found, including forming a fire district.

All members of the Council were in agreement that a change should be made, but it would not come overnight nor would it be an easy fix.

Fire Chief Snyder asked the mayor to have the Council approve the addition of Ashlyn K. Snyder to the Lake City Fire Department. On a motion made by Alderman Danny Dunigan and seconded by Alderman Harold Barker, Ashlyn K. Snyder was accepted as a member of the Lake City Volunteer Fire Department.

Other council members present included Tommy Eakins, Brenda Hutcheson, Jeffery Wisham and Donald Davis.

City Clerk Simpson read Resolution No. 2016-8-15, A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Lake City authorizing and providing for the incurrence of indebtedness for the purpose of providing a portion of the cost of acquiring, constructing, enlarging, improving, and/or extending its water facility to serve an area lawfully within its jurisdiction to serve. The resolution was adopted by council.

Mayor Milligan said the estimate for repairs to fix the drainage problems in the Riverpark Addition, which includes Skylark and Jackson Streets, would be $23,585.

Ordinance No. 281-16 to include Skylark and Jackson Streets into the Lake City jurisdiction was passed.

Mayor Milligan asked the Council for authorization to purchase a video camera for the Police Department's new 2016 Explorer. The camera would be purchased from WatchGuard Video at a cost of $5,300. The council voted 6-0 in favor of the purchase.

Council also voted to accept a $19,850.01 bid from Kyle Recreation for playground equipment for the new park on Stone Street.

Next council meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, at city hall.

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