Council accepts $50,000 Timken grant
The Forest City Board of Commissioners motioned to accept a $50,000 grant from the Timken Foundation for the purchase of a new fire department quick-response emergency vehicle during its regular meeting on Monday.
Forest City Fire Rescue Chief Mark McCurry had previously requested the vehicle to replace a 1983 Brush Unit. In the 2013-14 fiscal year the town budgeted $90,000 for the vehicle contingent upon grant funding assistance. Although it was already approved for this year's budget, town staff also informed the board about a price increase in the vehicle.
McCurry requested the town increase its funding from $90,000 to $110,000 for the 2014-15 fiscal year based on the 6.5 percent increase in the cost of the new vehicle for a totaled budgeted amount of $160,000.
"We want this truck to be able to run medical calls and respond to structure fires until other trucks can get there," McCurry told the board. "$160,000 may sound like a lot but if you look at the big picture it's not."
The new vehicle will have improved safety features and pumping capabilities and greater water capacity that will allow it to respond to brush, rubbish, vehicle and structural fires.
Along with a narrative explaining the multi-purpose uses of the truck, McCurry also provided the board with a list of fire calls from 2013 when the fire department experienced multiple calls in a short period of time. McCurry said it happened 149 times which reinforces the need for a multi-purpose, more cost effective vehicle.
After his presentation, Commissioner David Eaker commended McCurry on the cleanliness and professional look of the fire department.
"I always tell my guys the equipment belongs to the citizens of Forest City," McCurry said. "Any citizen that walks in and looks at the trucks, we want them to be as proud of it as we are."
The board also approved the sell of the former Food Lion building on Oak Street. The property was auctioned by Keith Orville on March 29 with a high bid $290,000 to Rick Houser. Houser will move his business, J's Salvage, to the building in the future.
The town approved a budget amendment ordinance for $19, 407 of administrative expenses that came along with the sale of the building. The expenses include taxes, revenue stamps and title insurance paid at closing, auctioneer advertising costs and commission and site readiness to prepare the facility for auction.
Commissioners also approved the Department of Transportation's (DOT) agreement for the sidewalk construction on Oak Street to Allendale Drive. DOT is responsible of the planning, design and construction of the sidewalk and the town will be responsible for maintaining it.
The board ended its regular meeting with a closed session to discuss an economic development matter.