MH Council approves purchase of new ladder truck for fire department

Photo: This 100-foot ladder truck made by Sutphen Apparatus is representative of an engine that is being purchased for the Mountain Home Fire Department. Photo: Courtesy Sutphen.com.

The Mountain Home Fire Department’s ladder truck will move into the 21st century after the city council approved the purchase of a 2015, 100-foot Sutphen ladder truck at its regular monthly meeting Thursday.

Currently, the department’s ladder truck is a 1984 model Mayor Hillrey Adams says the department uses “Band-aids” to keep certified for service. The truck will be completely refurbished by the time it is delivered to the department from Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus, according to Adams.

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The cost of the engine is being paid with funds from the public safety tax. “We can’t thank the public enough for supporting our fire and police departments through,” the mayor adds.

After hearing the results of another “clean” audit from the Water and Sewer Department, the council approved the next stage in the continued improvement to the sewer system in the northeast portion of the city.

Phase 2 of the expansion was approved at a bid no greater than $236,450. Phase 1 of the project covered installation of lines running from Walmart to County Road 28. Adams gives a rundown on the plans for Phase 2.

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The final agenda action was the adoption of an ordinance to make the first update to the city’s Personnel Policy Handbook in 14 years. Adams says the change will result in a uniform presentation.

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The council is scheduled to meet next on June 4.

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