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Fire truck will get needed upgrades

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Miner Board of Aldermen

MINER -- Miner's pumper will soon meet Department of Transportation requirements.

Miner Fire Chief Randy Allen reported during the regular monthly Miner Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday that he found two items during an inspection of the fire truck that need to be addressed.

Allen said the fire truck needs an air horn system and grab handles for entering and exiting the pumping area.

He said both could be installed by Duckett Truck Center in Sikeston in about four and a half hours at a cost of about $500 for parts and labor.

Board members approved the purchase after asking if these items would bring the truck into compliance with DOT regulations.

"These two items should take care of it -- all the safety requirements," Allen said.

Allen also advised board members that AC James has agreed to donate some land by the old racetrack for a burn area and that it is something city residents have asked him about.

The Department of Natural Resources "will issue a permit," Allen said, "make sure everything is sufficient."

The burn area will be available for use by Miner residents "for yard waste only," he said.

Mayor Betty Barnes suggested a fund for the fire department be set up to accept money for using the burn area.

"I think it would be something good to support the fire department with," she said.

"I think it should be free of charge," Peggy Holman, Ward 2 alderman, said.

Board members agreed to table the decision so they could discuss it with the city's citizens.

Allen presented the Board with a copy of drug screening results for all members of the fire department except for one who refused to be screened.

He then asked the Board to approve Tom Wilson as his assistant fire chief, which they did.

Board members also appointed Wilson as the city's emergency management director.

In other business Tuesday:

* Acceptance of the certified April 3 election results was tabled as it required three votes to pass. Holman voted no and Janet Williams, Ward 2 alderman, was not yet present to vote having arrived nearly 15 minutes late.

* Appointments to the city's Board of Adjustments, Planning and Zoning, Tourism Commission Board and Advisory Board were all tabled after Holman pointed out that all of Barnes' nominations were from Ward 1.

Holman agreed to find two citizens from Ward 2 willing to serve as board members.

* The Board accepted the resignation of Lana Cooper from the Police Department.