Gilbert Volunteer Fire Chief Michael Tolley presented the town council with an update on how the fire department during its regular meeting Monday evening. Tolley was appointed chief at the last coucil’s last meeting.
The fire department was recently donated 12 self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and 30 tanks for these units by Silverton Fire Department. Chief Tolley told the council that if purchased by the fire department the SCBAs would have cost $75,000.
The department is also working on certifying equipment including truck pumps, truck inspection sticker, hoses, ladders and air compressors.
Tolley said that seven members of the fire department will be attending training sessions at Pipestem State Park for the 2010 ESCAPE fire and EMS training seminars within the next two weeks.
Tolley also said that he had obtained a price quote on providing a security system at the fire department including a door and camera system.
Tolley also informed the council four new fire department members have joined the department.
Town Attorney Glen Rutledge suggested that Tolley contact county grant coordinator LeeAnn Ray to provide assistance in filing grants for the department.
The council members expressed their appreciation of the changes which had been made and requested Tolley to continue advising on the status of the department.
Mayor Livingood purchased a cruiser for the police department. The new cruiser was approved on Monday night, the council will pay $3,000 for a Chevy Impala, which was a former corrections vehicle. The council voted to put winter mud and snow tires on another cruiser if responsibly priced. This will allow the police department one additional winter vehicle.
The council approved to hire Vivian Carter and Victoria Surber to obtain easements for the Horsepen Water Project. The council will pay the workers $125 per easement.
The council approved James Deel town water supplies, along with testing equipment and paint.
Deel said that water pumping at Justice PSD had decreased pumping to four and a half hours a day but has now increased again to nine hours a day. The mayor decided to contact the Public Service Commission (PSC) to evaluate the problems with Justice PSD.
The town will be discontinuing their contract with Veolia, who takes care of wastewater in Gilbert. The town should gain control of the wastewater by Feb. 15, 2010.
American Electric Power (AEP) Engineers have requested that the town allow them to relocate two power poles onto town hall property. The engineers would relocate the poles in order to rebuild the bridge that goes to Wharncliffe Avenue. A temporary bridge will be built around Speedway to provide access to residents until the bridge is completed. The council tabled the decision until the next meeting.