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City votes to bid out repairs

Published 3:19pm Thursday, February 28, 2013

Dadeville’s pumper fire truck is still out of commission, but the Dadeville City Council took another step at its Tuesday meeting toward returning the truck to the fleet.

“We’ve got to mitigate our damages,” said city attorney Robin Reynolds.

The truck, which was one of two purchased by the fire department in August, malfunctioned its first time out to a fire. Currently the truck is at a shop in Decatur, Ala., where the city had it hauled to be fixed.

It was only after having the truck towed to Decatur that the city found out the total price for repair would be upward of $30,000.

Chief Kenny Thompson had informed the council that he would get estimates from other companies. Thompson was not present at the meeting during discussion of the truck.

“We called several people, and we still haven’t got any prices,” said Mayor Joe Smith.

With a price above $15,000, the city would have to put the job up for bid, which was Reynolds’ recommendation.

“The only way I know of to get a definite price for repair is to bid it out,” Reynolds said.

The council voted unanimously to seek bids for the job.

“We need that truck repaired and back here,” said councilman Randy Foster.

The council preceded its regular meeting with a work session – the first of its kind since Smith was installed in office, although Foster said it was not the first time the council has had such a work session.

The session allowed council members additional time to discuss issues, including insurance renewal for city employees and the payment of matching funds for a grant.

During its regular meeting, the city heard from a number of visitors, including

n Marty Daniel, who requested a liquor license for a restaurant he will soon open. Smith told Daniel he had to first get permission from the state.

n Daniel Goslin, who spoke to the council about sponsoring the L.E.A.P. publication being produced by Tallapoosa Publishers. The city agreed to buy a full page ad for $1,000.

n Elaine Toney, who urged council members and attendees to cast their votes in a contest to bring author Jan Brett to the city for a book signing.

n Roy Mathis, who brought a number of concerns about the volunteer fire department before the council.

n Jerry Whetstone of the Police Benevolence Association, who requested the council to allow automatic draft to obtain membership dues for police officers who opt into the association. The council decided to seek more information.

n Dorman Dennis, who posed questions about the relationship between the water/sewage board and the city and the city’s charter.

n Chad McKelvey and Joe Windle, who requested the council allow Dadeville Elementary School to use a plot of land between the school and the recreational center for its new special needs playground. The council agreed to lease the property to the school, pending any issues of legality.

Mathis, whose retirement from the department is effective at the end of the month, encouraged the city to look into a number of issues, like the necessity of purchasing a service truck for the department.

“I used my own at my own expense,” Mathis said. “I didn’t mind it, but the next person you hire may not have a truck to use. The truck we’ve got down there now is a 1985. It’s leaking diesel fuel, it doesn’t crank and the heater doesn’t work in it.”

Mathis also addressed issues including overtime pay for career firefighters, the need for a fire hydrant at Station 1, the possibility of storage at the new city hall, fire department finances and replacement of the self contained breathing apparatuses and turnout gear for the department.

The council thanked Mathis for his many years of service.

The next council meeting will be March 12.

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