Among the main topics of discussion at the regular monthly session of the Ash Flat City Council, Nov. 15, included Fire Chief Stacy Horton asking the mayor for permission to bid on a ladder truck for the fire department, at a greatly reduced cost.
Following roll call and the Pledge of Allegiance, council approved the minutes of the Oct. 18 meeting and moved forward to consider reports from both planning and zoning and the Sharp County Regional Airport Association.
Under the unfinished business portion of the agenda, members of the council spent time opening bids for replacing the roof on the community center. WSL Construction of Ash Flat received the contract with a bid of $8,576.86.
Council then moved on to new business. Because there was no representative from Spring River Adult and Child Services regarding a donation request, the business was tabled until a representative could be present.
Leonard Holden then requested council donate $1,600 to pay for sealing the floor at the American Veterans Memorial. He explained there is a new type of sealer that is much more durable than the type currently being used. Council voted to pay for the sealant and use any old sealant that is left over for sealing new sidewalks that will be constructed in the city after the highway expansion.
Council voted unanimously to adopt Cafeteria Plan health insurance for city employees. This flexible spending plan was effective Nov. 1, 2010.
The city council discussed donating money to be an Experience Works Community Partner. The program is one which employs elderly persons. Mayor Danny Traw said the city currently has a man who is an Experience Works employee. He said it is a great program. Council then voted to allocate $500 to the program.
The last order of business included council agreeing to pay an invoice from Danny's Auto Body.
Fire Chief Stacy Horton discussed with council his funding request for the ladder truck.
Horton explained there was a suitable truck he had found on an online auction of federal surplus equipment. He said the current bid was very low and requested council's permission to try to obtain the truck.
The 1993 model HME 4-door truck is a 55 foot ladder truck which also doubles as a pumper truck with a 500 gallon tank capable of pumping 1250 gallons of water per minute. Horton said it also has a very expensive nozzle.
Horton explained the truck would be ideal for larger fires in Ash Flat and the surrounding area. With Walmart, nursing homes, Ozarka College and other structures, the ladder truck would be an ideal addition to the department at a fraction of the cost of purchasing a new one.
Council voted unanimously to allocate a maximum bid on the truck and allow Horton to compete in the bidding process.
On Saturday the auction ended and the city won the auction for the truck, which is located in North Carolina.
The chief was very excited to have won the auction and is now discussing their options of retrieving the truck and bringing it home.
Before the session ended, city council members went into executive session to discuss the hiring of two part -time employees to work with the water department during the highway expansion project.
Two people were hired at minimum wage for the jobs.
Ash Flat City Council meets in regular monthly session the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m.