EAST LIVERPOOL - Improvements to Central Fire Station will be made if City Council agrees to a recommendation of its finance/labor relations committee, which was asked Tuesday to fund the project.
Fire Chief Bill Jones addressed the committee, saying some of the doors and windows at the station date from the 1950s and are rotting off, with the garage door opener dating to the same era and also in need of replacement.
Jones said the replacement is necessary for security but also for energy efficiency.
The $13,000 cost, to be paid from the capital improvements fund, would be for just materials, with assistant Chief Jeff Kreefer planning to do the actual work, assisted by firefighters on his shift, according to Jones.
Committee members said they would have to check with the auditor's office to determine whether an ordinance is needed, and after the meeting, Chairman Sherrie Curtis said legislation will need to be prepared so appropriations can be adjusted for the purchase.
Jones also broached the need for new air bottles for firefighters, saying the last time his department purchased 40 new bottles was in 2000, using a FEMA grant.
Although he applied for the same grant this year, the department was not awarded, and Jones said he will continue applying for the money but would like to begin replacing a couple bottles each year at a cost of $760 each.
Service-Safety Director Ryan Estell said another grant source is being explored, and it was agreed any purchase will be delayed until it can be ascertained whether or not that funding is available.
The committee agreed to forward four ordinances to council for its consideration at Monday's meeting, including two authorizing the purchase of a truck cab and chassis from O.S. Hill Co. for $69,774 and the stainless steel truck body from Quality Truck Body and Equipment Co. for $29,380.
The truck will be used for the water department and paid for from water funds.
A third ordinance would adjust appropriations and the final one authorized payment to vendors who supplied services and goods without a purchase order issued.
Committee member Ryan Stovall reported that the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 29, representing the city police department, has offered to donate $1,000 toward the repair of street lights in the downtown area.
"They believe in the way the city is going right now," Stovall said.
Estell asked for an executive session at the end of the meeting to provide an update on upcoming contract talks, saying he had received the first notice regarding negotiations.
The FOP contract expires March 31, 2014, followed May 31, 2014 by expiration of the police dispatchers' contract; Oct. 31, 2014 by the AFSCME contract; and expiration of the firefighters' contract on Jan. 31, 2015, according to Curtis.
Council meets at 7 p.m. Monday in council chambers at City Hall.