Fire call agreement reached

Fire call agreement reached

Posted: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 9:03 pm
By: Donna Ryder, Associate Editor

By DONNA RYDER
Associate Editor
When there is a structure fire in Obion County, at least three fire departments will receive the initial call to respond.
The automatic response is being made possible through an agreement signed by each of the fire chiefs in the county.
Troy Fire Chief Mark Watson asked permission from the Troy mayor and board of aldermen Monday night, saying all other fire chiefs have signed the agreement. The departments have already been operating in this fashion under a gentleman’s agreement, he added. Permission was granted.
According to the agreement, if there is a structure fire reported in the county, the three closest fire departments automatically respond.
This agreement has nothing to do with the county rural fire agreement, which the city recently approved, Watson said.
On that matter, Watson said there should be a committee meeting soon. He said the software is under development to run the subscription plan and it will hopefully be ready by July 1, when the subscription fees should begin.
In other business Monday night, the board:
• Learned Snider Bolt and Screw Inc. has requested that the building it leases from the city at the industrial park be doubled to 20,000 square feet. It is a matter for the industrial board.
“It’s good to see somebody expanding,” Mayor Jimmie Hart said, adding he also has a prospect for the spec building.
• Learned the city is accepting bids for mowing at Trojan Park. Bids will be opened on March 15.
• Was informed it should have bids for air conditioner maintenance by the next board meeting. The city has 22 units.
• Learned the city has been completely reimbursed for the relocation of utility lines across the I-69 corridor.
• Was informed the city has sent a letter to the insurance carrier concerning a violation noted during a recent visit. During the February meeting, Hart informed the board that a TML official found only one violation — a sewer lid cover which had not been locked.
• Was told the ethanol plant in Obion is holding a confined space rescue training for its employees and has opened the class to the fire departments for free.
• Heard city recorder Cheryl Cranford is busy studying the books sent for financial officer training. She must pass a test.
• Learned the brush truck for the fire department has not yet been delivered. It should arrive Thursday. It has its own tank and pump and is four-wheel drive. It was purchased with grant funds.
During their February meeting, the mayor and board:
• Approved the budget on third and final reading.
• Agreed to allow City Park to be used on April 3 from 8-11 a.m. for a fund raiser for the Priscilla (Muse) Ray Scholarship Fund.
• Received financial statements.
• Voted to purchase a new setup for the ditch witch, which is 20 years old.
• Discussed gathering information and grant applications concerning the construction of a new water treatment plant.
• Received the annual fire report.
• Learned the county had approved the rural fire agreement.
Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by e-mail at dryder@ucmessenger.com.

Published in The Messenger 3.8.11

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