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Allerton City Council Hears Fire Department Budget and More
By Alex Foltz
Jan 8, 2018, 09:30

At 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 4, the first regular meeting of the Allerton City Council was called to order with all members present.
The agenda was moved and seconded for approval. The motion passed unanimously.
Galen Lunsford moved to approve the minutes and the treasurerís report. Adam Hysell seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.
The next item was the unpaid bills. There was some inquiry as to the higher rate for the water pump. The council decided to keep an eye on it in order to avoid any damages or extra charges. Hysell moved to allow the unpaid bills. Kenny Jellison seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.
Greg Fortune, chief of the fire department, brought forth their proposed budget for 2018. The 2017 budget showed an ending balance of ($410), due to a plan to purchase three sets of new fire gear, as the current gear is completely outdated. Bill Byrns also said they are also applying for grants, such as they Wayne Foundation Grant. Fortune then gave the report for the 2017 calls. There were a total of 59 calls made. Seven were structure fires, seven were rescue/motor vehicle accidents, two were vehicle fires, there were 13 grass fires in the Allerton district, 21 calls to provide mutual aid for grass fires and nine calls to provide mutual aid for structure fires. The 2017 average response time was 3:57, with 418 total man-hours. The average response time in 2016 was 5:03. The fire department is also looking to put an addition on the first responder building and attach the two buildings for more room, as well as purchasing a trailer to haul the Mule and four-wheelers on to take to fires. The fire department also has pump capabilities with two trucks.
Discussion with the city crew followed. There was a water break at the plant; a shutoff will be placed on the outside of the building. A new line will be put in as well. Only two water meters have been changed out due to freezing. The old compressor was also discussed, as to if it would be sold or junked.
The public hearing to authorize and approve grant-funding application for CDBG regarding the sanitary sewer improvements was set for 5:30 on Feb. 6. Lunsford moved to accept the date and time, Ben Anderson seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
Hysell moved to approve the liquor license for the Brick House Tap. Jellison seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
Preliminary budget talks had Mayor Doug Downes state he wants some raises for the city, which will be an item to be discussed for the budget.
The next meeting was set for Feb. 6. Lunsford moved to accept the date. Jellison seconded.
Lunsford moved to adjourn. Hysell seconded. Adjourned at 6:05 p.m.

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