The Burns Harbor
Town Council voted Wednesday to donate its old 1996 model fire truck to the
San Pierre Volunteer Fire Department.
Since the BHFD
acquired its new custom-built E-One fire engine last month, the Town Council
has been mulling what to do with the Department’s 1996 model that needs
Fire Chief Bill
Arney reported that the truck could net between $5,000 and $10,000 if
scrapped or sold to a collector. The San Pierre Volunteer Fire Department
also said they would like it as a donation in a March letter of interest.
Vice-president and liaison to the Fire Department Eric Hull motioned to
donate the truck to San Pierre.
“I think we’ve
received quite a few things that have been handed down to us over time, and
I think we’re in a position to hand something down to someone who needs it
really badly,” Hull said.
The donation will
be made final at next month’s meeting with either a resolution or a
memorandum of understanding with the San Pierre FD.
“I think it will be
a good value for them, and I appreciate that we can offer it to them,” Arney
Culverts on U.S. 20
In other business,
Council member Ray Poparad brought up flooded properties on U.S. 20 near the
entrance to the Village subdivision. Some residents have water flooding
their front yards all the way up to their front doors from an overflowed
ditch, according to Poparad.
Poparad said the
culverts that run under those residents’ driveways are the homeowners’
responsibility to maintain, despite being in State right-of-way.
In the past, the
Town has replaced collapsed culverts for residents if they buy the new
culvert, and Poparad suggested the Town should try to unclog the blocked
culverts on 20 by jetting them using funding from the sewer fund rather than
potentially replacing a number of them.
Superintendent Pat Melton commented that the culverts are likely collapsed.
Arney agreed, and suggested jetting could do more harm than good.
Nick Loving also noted the work would be pointless if all the affected
homeowners don’t agree to the plan.
Arney suggested the
Town try to form agreements with the homeowners. Poparad asked Town Attorney
Clay Patton to research the issue further.
Department heads to begin submitting lists of Town assets worth more than
$10,000, with an estimated date for end-of-life, to create a Town-wide
inventory list that will help plan for replacing high-dollar items down the
line. Loving said the lists should include capital equipment and “anything
else you think should be brought to our attention,” and that Department
heads should err on the side of inclusion.
The Council reupped
its contract with CivicPlus for web hosting service for the Town website.
The contract amount hasn’t changed from last year.