Greenfield Fire Department Receives $65,385 for Firefighting Outfits
BY DAVID FISHER
The Greenfield Board approved the expenditure of grant funding to upgrade the Greenfield Fire Department, during its regular monthly meeting on Feb. 14.
Fire Department Report
In department reports, Fire Chief Bob Dudley said, “We were awarded $65,385 from the Governor’s Special Fund of the Fire Marshal’s Office for firefighting equipment. “We received 19 sets of turnout gear outfitting them from head to toe. He stated this is the first time Greenfield Fire Department has been able to purchase all of the turnout gear at one time, due to the expense.
Dudley noted it was a 100 percent grant, and will cost the city nothing.
According to Dudley, there are three vendors that will be submitting bids on the turnout gear, with the bids being opened the 21of this month. Dudley asked the board’s permission to allow him and City Recorder Jerica Spikes to accept the lowest bid that meets all bid specifications. He explained this needs to be done as soon as possible, because prices will increase 10 percent on March 1. If will be five months before the new gear will be delivered.
Additionally, Dudley stated he is going to hire two new firefighters, and will have enough money in the budget to purchase turnout gear for them.
The board voted unanimously to approve Dudley’s request.
On the advice of City Attorney Beau Pemberton, the board also agreed to sell the old turnout gear to Greenfield firefighters at the fair market value of $100 per outfit, once the new gear is delivered and in service.
Additionally, Dudley requested permission to purchase new fans used to provide fresh air and remove smoke from inside structures. He mentioned the fans currently in use are between 20 and 33 years old, 2-stroke Honda and Tecumseh engines. “We want to replace them with battery-powered fans.” He stated the cost to replace the fans would amount to $14,400. “We have $10,000 left in our AFG line item, and $4,500 in the rural fire fund we could put together to buy those fans.
It will be four months before the fans could be delivered. Since the cost of the fans is increasing 6-8 percent March 1. He noted three of the surplus fans would be sold to other fire departments.
The board approved Dudley’s request by unanimous vote.
Public Works Department
Public Works Director Robert Rodriguez reported the state called in reference to the inspection of the city’s 100,000 gallon clear-well.
“They want us to drain it, clean it, and inspect it really good,” Rodriguez said. He noted, in order to do that, a bypass and chemical lines must be installed. The bids have already been let out for the job and the cost will be between $13,000 and $15,000. However Rodriguez explained the money needed for the project is available in the repair and maintenance line item in his department’s budget. The board approved accepting the lowest bid for the job.
“When that’s done, we have to rehab it,” Rodriguez said. “They have to go in and see what the damage is so we’ll know how much it will cost for the rehab. The state wants that done as soon as possible.” He reported the city has only received one application concerning the rehab job, thus far.
Rodriguez stated the five steel culverts ordered in December have been delivered and three are already installed, leaving two more to be installed as time allows.
The new culverts are needed because the old storm drains on McKenzie Hwy 124 were crushed after being run over by heavy trucks and farming equipment.
“I think they’re going to work really well, and nothing will smash them,” Rodriguez said. “The manufacturer states the new storm-drains can handle the weight of any tractor.”
Parks and Recreation Report
Parks and Recreation Director Chris Fulcher said, “Our Pee Wee Basketball Program is up and going.” He stated this is the first time the program has been active since COVID hit. “There’s been a great turnout. I appreciate all of the parents and grandparents coming out to support the kids.”
He reported 21 youngsters in grades K-2nd and 20 more in grades 3-5th have signed up, with two teams for each group.
“Baseball and softball signups are up and going. They started on Feb. 6 and they will run through Feb. 28,” Fulcher said. He added practices should start the first week of March. The cost to sponsor a child is $40.
Fulcher stated there are going to be new sponsorships signs placed at the park. He explained he plans on taking the old sponsorship signs off of the fences at the ballpark and replacing them with signs listing current sponsors. He will be contacting sponsors soon concerning purchasing new signs.
Anyone wanting to sponsor a sign should contact City Hall. Once the new signs are installed, there will be a yearly sponsorship fee.
Fulcher stated he needs a portable building to store a new field grooming machine that was purchased last year. The quotes he has received for a 10×12 ft. building with a roll-up door on one end and regular door on the other are $5,185 and $5,450. Both bids include delivery fees.
Fulcher said the money needed for the purchase is in the budget (in the fundraising fund) and asked permission to spend it. The board voted unanimously to authorize Fulcher to use his discretion choosing the most suitable building and to spend up to $5,500, and any money left over would be appropriated back into the fund.
Seniors Center Report
Greenfield Seniors Center Director Marilyn Pugh said that the sign is missing that goes up in front of the old city hall, and asked if anyone sees it, to let someone know. It was suggested that the sign may have been blown away by recent strong winds.
Additionally, Pugh encouraged area seniors to begin participating in activities at the facility. She reported the seniors this month had a potluck luncheon, water-coloring, Rook, bingo, ate with Sharon seniors last week, and are exercising two times a week.
Pemberton reported the 2020 delinquent taxes will be filed in April with the sales in October.
McAdams stated Greenfield Police Clerk Tabi Essary will begin working part-time starting March 1. Essary will be working Monday and Friday, for a total of 16 hours per week.