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Council approves ladder truck

Published 12:33pm Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The city council unanimously authorized the purchase of a used ladder truck for the Alexander City Fire Department at its meeting Monday.

According to the approved resolution, the 1988 ladder truck currently used by ACFD has experienced numerous mechanical problems and is currently out of service, leaving the city without a ladder truck to  “provide adequate response to the needs of the citizens of Alexander City, especially if a fire occurs in a multi-story building and the ladder truck was needed.”

The ladder truck approved for purchase is a 2010 KME ladder truck with a price tag of $699,000. The city will finance the purchase for three years, with the first payment of $243,158.28 due one year from the date of closing.

Council members also discussed the potential of having the city council meetings aired on television.

District 6 Councilman Tony Goss said he felt it was important to air meetings on television so those who are not able to attend the meetings – such as constituents in nursing homes – would be able to see it.

“I really feel like it’s their right to be able to see these meetings,” Goss said. “They placed their vote in someone and want to see the city is being taken care of.”

District 2 Councilwoman Sherry Ellison-Simpson said the city should also consider ways to put the meetings on its own website.

“Even in nursing homes, they have access to computers or laptops,” Ellison-Simpson said. “We could possibly put it on the city website at no charge. Before we go spending that amount of money (to have it put on television) we need to look into other ways to get the council meetings out to the citizens.”

District 5 Councilman Jim Spann said the shortness of council meetings is something to keep in mind.

“Back when it used to be televised, meetings went on for an hour or an hour and a half,” Spann said. “This meeting is going to last 10 minutes … I think right now it would be premature to plan to put it on TV.”

City Clerk Harriett Scott agreed.

“We need to remember it’s an hour’s time,” Scott said. “If you have a 15 minute meeting, what are you going to do with the other 45 minutes you have air time for?”

Goss responded, “I’ll talk slower if it means people can see it.”

Council members also voted to move the second meeting of January 2013 to Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, in light of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday that Monday.