MINER - Miner will replace aging pagers for their fire department - one at a time.
The purchase of the first of the new pagers from G&D Communications in Sikeston was approved by the Board of Aldermen during their regular meeting Tuesday with tentative plans to purchase one additional new pager each month.
The cost of $382 is slightly more than a bid from a Cape Girardeau vendor, according to Fire Chief Benny Thurston, but G&D will allow the city to purchase one at time.
"That's high for a pager," Mayor Frank Tatum said.
A resident responded by saying the cost is low considering the possible loss of a home due to a faulty pager in the event of a fire.
The 15 current pagers, which are 10 years old and were originally purchased used from the hospital, are obsolete and parts are no longer available to fix them, according to Thurston.
The Board also approved winter fire school in Columbia for four firemen at a cost of $115 each plus room and board.
In other business during Tuesday's meeting:
* A revision to the city's employee handbook which would have capped earned sick days at five was tabled for further consideration by the Board.
* A call for an April 6 election was approved by the Board. Up for election will be the mayor, Mitch Thompson's Ward 1 seat and the Ward 2 aldermen position held by Betty Barnes.
* The Board approved a property and equipment insurance policy without earthquake coverage from Missouri Rural Services through Brooke Insurance, the only agency to offer bids.
The annual premium for the policy is $9,548 plus the policy fee of $150.
Last year's policy included $1 million in earthquake coverage with a $50,000 deductible from The Hartford Insurance Company through Brooke Insurance for an annual premium of $9,432.