The Carlisle City Council discussed the purchase of a new fire truck during the July 18 council meeting.
Fire Chief Derryk Burks and Assistant Fire of Chief for training Brent Doney presented the council with records of the pump tests conducted on the city’s three fire engines. During the April 27, 2017. test, the 1970 engine one failed.
“This time it failed,” Doney said. “It actually blew oil all over the ground.”
Engine 2, the 2001 model passed as well as engine 3, the 1976 model, according to Doney, but the 1976 model just barely passed.
“As of right now, we have two certified trucks, pumper trucks,” Doney said. “The one [the 1970 model] is no longer going to be counted as a pumper, because it can’t pass the test.”
Alderman James Givens asked Doney what the cost would be to repair the truck. According to Doney, due to the age of the truck, parts are not long available for repairs. He said over the years the department has done well salvaging parts from junk yards to make necessary repairs, up until about three or four years ago.
“Luckily we have two or three mechanics and several that are mechanically inclined,” Doney said. “These guys are the ones that have been trying to keep these things limping along. It not uncommon for one of these to not make it out of the door.”
Doney said the 1976 model recently broke down at the intersection of highway 13.
“I want to tell all you firemen, now listen up now,” Mayor Ray Glover said. “I think we need some kind of newer truck. I’m on board with that and I think the city council is too. We need some kind of newer truck.”
“I know we can’t afford a brand new truck,” Burks said. “A perfectly good used one would be fine. Anything is better than what we’ve got.”
“We aren’t asking for a new truck,” Doney said.
According to Doney, the fire department had an officers meeting and decided due to having two trucks in poor shape, they would rather purchase two used trucks for $50,000 each than a new truck for $100,000. Doney said they have looked at multiple trucks that would cost around $50,000 and ranged from in year models 1998-2003.
“The only thing we want you guys to understand is we are buying trucks around the same age as the 2001,” Doney said. “Basically what we would have , would be three trucks all about the same age. But they would be dependable for a while. “
Doney said parts are available for the 2000 model trucks, which will help in repairs. He said one company is also willing to pay $2,500 each for the 1970 and 1976 model trucks. According to Doney, the city clerk treasurer has also given the department information on applying for a $15,000 matching grant, to aide in the purchase.
The council reviewed photographs or trucks available to purchase and gave the fire department their blessing to move forward with selecting a truck.
“We’ve also been testing our hoses, to get record on them for our points,” Burks said.
In addition to testing hoses, Doney said the department has discussed and are planning to begin working with the water department on flushing and inspecting hydrants to increase the city’s fire rating score. He said the fire department would notify the city on which areas will be tested ahead of time to notify the citizens through Nixle notification or the water bill. Burks did express some concern with not being able to shut the hydrants off, once turned on.
“That’s why we want someone from the city to do it with us,” Burks said. “That way if something happens they will already be there with us and they will know where we are at. Because you never know if something blows, what happens. And it might not. It might go well. “
“I’m not,” Public Works Superintendent David Walters II.
Walters said the department has equipment that the department can use to test the flow and it could be put on a timer to test any time of day.
Before moving forward in the meeting, Glover made a point to respond to statements made by firemen Eric Adams and Vic Seidenschwarz during the July 10 Carlisle Chamber of Commerce meeting, and reported in the Lonoke County Democrat.
“I would like to say this to the firemen,” Glover said. “You have no bigger supporter than I am. I was a little bit disappointed with what one of your comrades said in the paper the other day, about I was endangering y’alls lives.”
“I took care of that,” Burks said.
” You can ask Marvin and Alvin, I’ve never turned down anything that they have ever asked me, for y’all to have, Glover said.”
“Every time we’ve asked you, as far as I know, I don’t think we’ve been turned down if we say we need it,” Doney said. “It’s just the trucks have been the sticking point.”
“Well that really disappointed me, what was said in the paper the other day,” Glover said. “Indicating I was putting y’alls lives in danger.
“I wasn’t there,” Doney said.
“I wasn’t at the meeting,” Burks said.
“Last time the fire department came to talk us about a truck, if I remember correctly, it was over $200,000,” alderman Chad Bennett said.
“$200,000 is a lower end, newer truck,” Doney said.
“That’s a lick, ” Bennett said. “If they came to us with a $50,000 it would have been a different story.”
“Yeah,” Alderman Jon Plafcan said. “If they had came to us [with a $50,000 truck] two or three years ago, we would have been talking about replacing those by now.”
“Y’all have got to have equipment to work with, we know that,” Glover said. “So y’all start working on that and get back with us, ok.”
The council approved the fire department to begin the search for purchasing two trucks for around $100,000. In addition, the council agreed to begin selecting hydrants for testing
In other business, the council approved ordinance 316, authorizing the issuance of water and sewer revenue bonds for the construction and improvements to the water facilities, . The principal amount of the bonds is $955,000. The interest rate for the forty year rural development loan at the time of approval is 2.75 percent. The bond will be used for the water tank rehab and the drilling of a new water well. City attorney Mike Stuart, with suspension of the rules, read the ordinance by title only with an overview.
“We are needing to drill a new well for city water,” Glover said. “I think now we are at 62 foot and will be going down 600 foot to make sure that we have water years to come. We are in a situation we are not running out of water but can see it’s getting lower and lower. So this ordinance pertains to that. As Mike said, we’re in the process of getting some land appraised, to buy some land, to drill this well on. Several different steps we’ve got to go through. This is just the first one.”
By unanimous vote, the council approved by ordinance, the construction and improvements to the water facilities, authorizing the issuance of water and sewer revenue bonds in the principal amount of $955,000.
In the water sewer and street department, Public Works Superintendent David Walters II said the Durkee and Pauchert Road sewer projects are both complete, minus dirt work and clean up.
Bids were opened on July 17, for the rehabilitation of the city’s rock filter plant. Two bids were received, the lowest of $289,000 from Big Creek Contractors of Heber Springs and the highest of $340,320 of Environmental Process Systems, Inc. of Conway.
“Jeremy [the city engineer] was well pleased with that $280,000,” Glover said. “That’s for our rock filter plant that is south of town, where everything ends up and we have a filtering system before everything goes into the bayou that needed some attention. Jeremy recommends the council accept the big of $289,000.”
By unanimous vote, the council moved forward with the recommendation of city engineer Jason Stone, accepting the lowest bid of $289,000 from Big Creek Contractors of Heber Springs
According to Walters, he collected three bids for a new dump trailer purchase, which was budgeted for the year. Of the three, the lowest bid of $5,800 of Eddie’s Trailer sales in Carlisle does not include ramps. The second lowest bid was $6,260 of Big Tex Trailers in Benton and the highest bid was $6,850 from Trailer Country of Cabot. Walters said because the lowest bid does not include ramps, he asked the council to consider the second to lowest bid. By unanimous vote, the council accepted the bid of $6,260.
Also during the meeting, Police Chief Eric Frank said the school contacted him about a school resource officer (SRO) for the upcoming school year. He said the school board approved the pay and hire of an SRO during their recent board meeting. According to Frank, in surrounding city’s, SRO’s are paid nine months out of the year by the school district and three months out of the year by the city. He said the officer would be a full time employee of the Carlisle Police Department and would work on the streets when school is not in session. Frank estimates the position to cost the city around $10,000-11,500 and the school around $30,000-34,000 depending on pay rate. He said the rate also includes benefits.
With a unanimous vote from the council, the council voted to partner with the Carlisle School district and hire a school resource officer.
Before close of the meeting, alderman Bennett was presented with a plaque by Glover, in appreciation of his four years of service to the Carlisle City Council. Bennett, who is relocating to Benton has resigned from his position on the council effected in July.
“I’ve enjoyed every minute of it,” Bennett said.
Glover said he has selected Larry Flynn to be appointed to finish Bennett’s term.
“Larry is a lifelong resident of Carlisle,” Glover said. “He loves Carlisle and I think he will make a wonderful alderman.”
“I appreciate you for asking me,” Flynn said. “And I look forward to the next year and half.”
By unanimous vote, the council approved to appointment of Flynn to the position of alderman for ward 1, position 2. Flynn was sworn into office later that week.
The next regular scheduled council meeting will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Civic Center.