Rector Council Hears Request From Fire Department
The Rector Fire Dept. is looking to upgrade to newer equipment, and at the city council's Monday monthly meeting, fire chief Huston Bowden asked for a resolution allowing him to apply for a matching grant in the amount of $7,529 with the Arkansas Department of Rural Services.
Bowden told the council he wants to purchase two new FLIR thermal imagers and three refurbished self-contained breathing apparatuses. The last time the fire department purchased these items was in 2005, and the equipment is essential, Bowden said. Thermal imagers are important because they allow the firemen to see hot spots in fires and potential victims for rescue without the firemen rushing in unprepared.
The council approved Bowden's application for the grant. The city would match the same amount in the 50-50 grant.
City administrative assistant Kim Romine addressed the council about purchasing a computer backup system for the water department and city police. To date the departments have been backing up all data to thumb drives, but after a recent audit and a few system crashes, one in the police department two weeks ago and one in the water department at the end of last year, it was brought to their attention how dangerous this could be.
"If a destructive force wiped out the building everything would be lost," Romine said. She presented a quote from NEASEM business systems in the amount of $7,160 for initial installation and a monthly fee of $154, which would be split between the departments and the city's general fund. The cost would cover an off-site server, which would be maintained by the company. The council asked Romine to gather more quotes before making a decision, and recommended thumb drives kept offsite until a decision is made.
First General Baptist pastor Brad Gilbert also addressed the council. A youth group of teenagers from the church has been doing mission work within the city by painting more than 60 fire hydrants, and the group has inspired the older members to get involved. Gilbert asked the council if there are any other projects within the city. The council agreed to look for new ideas and thanked Gilbert for the work already done.
The water department reported 16 new connections, 11 disconnects, one meter replaced, 14 repairs, $140 in vehicle maintenance and $242.15 expenditure on equipment. City superintendent Todd Watson also informed the council he will sell 246 old meters for $4.15 apiece.
The street department reported repair of three street cuts, eight signs replaced and two potholes filled.
The community center reported five events with $190 collected on four of those events, and $1,120 in donations and memorials.
Also discussed was a meeting between the Arkansas Highway Department and mayor Teresa Roofe to discuss the $250,000 of overlay the city was approved for last year. The meeting took place Tuesday, and further information will be in next week's edition of the CCTD.
The council also put together a committee to look at possibly moving the city hall, fire department and police department by utilizing the soon-to-be-abandoned armory. The council will look at construction and how the building can best be used. At this point the committee is simply exploring possibilities as it is unclear what the building value may be or how much utilities will cost. The committee consists of Kim Romine, Huston Bowden, Todd Watson, Glenn Leach and David Romine.