Fire department requesting new emergency vehicle

Apr. 06, 2014 @ 07:37 AM

The town’s new updated personnel policy will be discussed when Forest City Commissioners meet Monday at 5 p.m. at Cool Springs Administrative Office on West Main Street in Forest City. The board plans to discuss the new document a few items at a time until it is completed.

The work session will last an hour after which time the board will go into its regular business session at 6 p.m.

During the regular business session, the board will hear a request from Forest City Fire Rescue Chief Mark McCurry to buy a quick response vehicle.

The Town budgeted $90,000 for a quick response vehicle for the fire department in the 2013-2014 fiscal year budget, however the item was contingent upon grant funding assistance.

Town officials received a letter from Timken Foundation last week announcing they were awarding the town a $50,000 grant to purchase the new vehicle.

McCurry has requested the town increase its funding from $90,000 to $110,000 based on a 6.5 percent increase in the cost of the new vehicle since it was discussed during budget talks last June.

Town Commissioners will also talk about the Department of Transportation’s agreement for the sidewalk construction on Oak Street to Allendale Drive.

The board is expecting to review a letter it will send to Rep. Mike Hager and the Senator Ralph Hise regarding the coal ash legislation.

Kevin O’Donnell, the consultant who works with the Town on its electric rates and other electrical issues, proposed the letter be sent to the legislators. 

The board will end the meeting in closed sessions discussing an economic development matter.