Chester Street Department gets good news

CHESTER-Although it’s been having a rough winter, the Chester Street Department got some good news on Monday.

Chester City Council authorized street Superintendent Steve Shuman to solicit bids for a new truck for the department.

“We need something dependable. We need a good truck,” Mayor Ken Morris said.

Shuman, who also is Ward 5 councilman, said at the Jan. 13 council meeting that a new truck will cost the city between $55,000 and $60,000. On Monday, Shuman said he received quotes from Jenkins Ford, in Buckhannon, W.Va., and Grand Ford, in East Liverpool.

The Jenkins truck did not include a plow or salt spreader, and the Grand quote was for a chassis only-without a dump bed, plow or spreader, he said.

Shuman, who abstained from Monday’s vote, also told council that the city has about 30 tons of road salt left-enough for “a couple more storms.”

Shuman said he’s been calling companies to secure more salt, but “no one wants to part with it. Everybody’s running out.”

Also Monday, Chester resident Cody Williams told council the city needs some kind of standardized notification system for water breaks and other emergencies. Last week, the city had four water breaks in three days, and it would have been helpful to have a system to inform residents of boil alerts, he said.

Shuman and Morris said a phone system is expensive, and people are reluctant to let the city have their phone number.

Councilman Brian Handley suggested the city have its own Facebook page whereby official notices can be communicated.

“We need something,” Councilman Mike Dotson said.

The city has 1,200 to 1,300 water customers.

In other business, council passed a resolution authorizing the Memory Lane Room to move its account from Huntington Bank to First Choice America Community Federal Credit Union.