Commission hears truck proposal

Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, November 12, 2013

At the Pike County Commission’s first meeting of November, the commission head a request from Troy Fire Department Fire Chief Thomas Outlaw to assist in funding a new rescue truck.

Outlaw said the department sorely needs the new rescue truck. “We spent $3,000 on maintenance on our current truck last year,” Outlaw said. “This year, I’ve already spent $400.”

Outlaw said the truck would benefit the whole county. “We use the rescue truck for auto accidents,” Outlaw said. “We will outfit the truck with a 300 gallon tank to flow foam to put out vehicle fires. We currently lack that capability. This will allow us to flow foam as quick as we get there.”

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Outlaw said the old rescue truck will be donated to the Banks Volunteer Fire Department. “In the proposal, we donate the old truck to Banks,” Outlaw said. “The volunteers do a great job.’

It is estimated that the cost of the truck will be in the neighborhood of $90,000.

The commission declined to vote on the funding until a specific price is determined for the vehicle.

The commission reelected Homer Wright to serve as Chairman for 2014. Joey Jackson was elected Vice-Chairman

The commission did approve nine items of business.

• The commission approved a family medical leave of absence for a county employee.

• The commission approved its annual bank account list.

• The commission reappointed Steve Carter to the Pike County Water Authority Board.

• The commission took the County Administrator’s recommendation to begin discussing a contract with Train to refurbish the county’s electrical equipment.

• The commission nominated Donny Mobley to the Coffee County Water Authority Board.

• The commission declared three pick-up trucks and a truck body as surplus.

• The commission agreed to maintain a state-owned generator at the EMA office.

• The commission approved a Red Cross Memorandum of Understanding.

• The commission approved a proposal to allow the Pike County Road Department to keep one emergency vehicle in use after hours.