The Rainsville City Council approved the purchase of three new emergency personnel vehicles on Monday.
Mayor Rodger Lingerfelt and Councilman Bejan Taheri were absent, but Councilman Rickey Byrum led the meeting.
The police department vehicles that need to be replaced are two 2006 Crown Victoria patrol cars that are nearing 300,000 miles, and the fire department will also be receiving a new response vehicle, Councilman Derek Rosson said.
The two 2018 Tahoe SUVs for the police department totaled $38,419.63 each and the fire department’s SUV is $32,969.
“They can’t respond to a call if they don’t have something to respond with,” Byrum said.
The council approved to purchase the vehicles and empowered the mayor to choose financing options for all three.
“Like I’ve said before, it’s time to stop kicking the can, and we’ve got to start replacing things,” Rosson said. “I’m thankful that we’re all on board with this and trying to move our city forward, and our public safety is important.”
Rosson said both departments will also be seeing an increase in new equipment in the near future.
“We’re going to be doing some things with communications,” Rosson said. “We do have some savings funds in the police department, and we’re probably going to be replacing the laptops. The laptops in these vehicles are way out of date and need to be fixed. We’re still looking for different options.”
Department and community updates:
Councilman Brandon Freeman with the parks and recreation department said the Plainview Homecoming Parade will be Oct. 11 and will start at Broadway Baptist Church and end at 50 Taters. Line up will start at 3 p.m. for participants and the parade will begin at 4 p.m.
The city of Rainsville and chamber of commerce Trunk or Treat will be Oct. 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Farmers Market Pavilion in the Field of Dreams. The change in location this year will allow more cars to set up, a covered facility, more lighting and restrooms, Freeman said.
Police Chief Kevin Smith said the recent stop sign removal at the intersection of Church Street and Rainbow Avenue has not caused any significant issues, but many residents are still unnecessarily stopping their cars at the intersection.
“We’re still trying to communicate that to everybody and give them a little time to get used to it,” Smith said.
The Rainsville Public Library finished their annual yard sale and largest fundraiser, Sarah Cruce, library director, said.
“We finished up our yard sale Saturday,” Cruce said. “A big, big thank you to anyone who donated. We made $3,396 and all of that goes to our children’s programs.”
The next council meeting is Oct. 15, 2018.
The council also:
• approved to hire Mark Clines as a front loader for the sanitation department.
• empowered the mayor to set up financing for the city’s new dump truck.
• approved a motion to pay the city’s monthly bills.
• approved the installation of a drill shaft for the Chavies Bridge project for a total of $3,000.