Spindale board approves mutual aid agreement

Jan. 22, 2013 @ 06:08 AM

The Spindale Board of Commissioners voted to approve an Automatic Aid agreement during their regular board meeting on Monday.

The fire departments in Rutherfordton and Spindale have worked on an Automatic Aid agreement for mutual response to structure fires. The goal is to ensure adequate and immediate response to structure fires when they occur, rather than waiting for the first department to arrive on the scene and find out. This potential lapse of time could result in damage and loss of property or life. The town of Rutherfordton approved this agreement at their meeting earlier this month.

"This would just be inside the city limits and it would be automatic when we have structure fires. In the beginning of a structure fire, numbers is what you need," said Fire Chief Billy Conner. "It works with other towns and we think it will work well with us."

The board also gave David Arrowood from the public works department, permission to repair the sidewalks on Main Street. The areas that are in need of repair are near Spindale Drug and BB&T bank. The board had previously discussed this issue during their last meeting.

Commissioner Tommy Hardin expressed his concern for the vehicles that are sometimes parked on the sidewalk. He believes that this is one of the main reasons for the problem.

"If there is nothing going to be done to keep vehicles off the sidewalks, in about five years you will be redoing them again," Hardin said. "We don't need to be spending the money unless we are going to keep people off the sidewalk."

The board decided to have Arrowood fix the sidewalks and look into a solution for the parking issue. Signs telling citizens not to park on the sidewalk may be one solution.

"I will try my best to keep it to a bare minimum with what I spend to repair it. The sidewalks need addressing, there is no doubt about that. Everybody is going to have to work together to fix them," Arrowood said.

Other business included an introduction to a resolution concerning proposed legislation that provides for the forced taking of municipal water systems. The North Carolina League of Municipalities opposes all efforts to force any given city to transfer existing assets of the city to another entity. They feel it is a major intrusion into local issues by the General Assembly and would set a bad precedent.

The Spindale board reviewed the documents and voted to approve the resolution.

The board also recognized the retirement of Bill Hodge, waster water treatment plant superintendent. Hodge expressed his gratitude for the commissioner's assistance in the past and was presented with a framed certificate from the town.

The next regular meeting will be Monday, Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m.