Council Approves Hose Purchase
New Martinsville City Council unanimously approved at their Dec. 1 meeting a motion to assist with the purchase of replacement hydraulic hoses for the New Martinsville Volunteer Fire Department’s ladder truck.
The NMVFD has approved funding the repair to the tune of up to $15,000. Specifically, Fire Chief Larry Couch reported the department voted to pay for $10,000, and then half of the remainder of the cost up to $5,000.
“We’ve got to do this,” said Recorder Bonnie Shannon. “The unknown is what worries us all.”
Couch agreed the department is concerned about the unknown, too. He said he will keep in touch with the company doing the repairs and will know the cost before any work is completed.
“The fire department is being generous on their end of it,” said Mayor Keith Nelsen.
Councilman Steve Pallisco said he would never vote against a repair to a firetruck, but he wants the city to remember this same kind of thinking when it comes to police department needs.
“Our weapons that they have are outdated,” said Pallisco, who estimated that anticipated expenditure at $6-7,000.
On a positive note, he added there is a good possibility new bullet proof vests will be donated to the police force.
Couch countered that when the fire department asks for funding for a specific need, they are asked to raise money for themselves.
“You all who have been here know that we always carry our share,” Couch said.
Pallisco said the NMPD is not fundraising, but they are soliciting for donations. Shannon added the city’s tickets have been changed to include an equipment fee and that line item is growing.
In other fire department news, Couch reported the NMVFD responded to 31 calls in November, making them a bit busier lately. Through Nov. 11, the department had responded to 284 calls-206 of which were within the city limits.
The department got five new sets of bunker gear. Three were paid for by money from Statoil to replace ones contaminated when responding to the Eisenbarth Well Pad fire.
On a side note, Councilwoman Iris “Deaner” Isaacs thanked the NMVFD for filling out paperwork for a legislative study. Less than 25 percent of volunteer fire departments in the state had filled out their paperwork, but NMVFD was one of those who had. Isaacs said she was proud of them for that.
Finally, Couch noted that the NMVFD will once again be escorting Santa around New Martinsville from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 15 and 16. Their specific schedule can be found in the article on page 4B of this issue of the Wetzel Chronicle. In the event that the NMVFD needs to respond to an emergency on those nights, Santa will be in town Dec. 17.
In other city connections to Santa Claus, Parks and Recreation Director Bev Gibb said her department will once again be facilitating calls from Santa to children. Applications are available at the New Martinsville City Building. It is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. Dec. 15.
Calls will be made on Dec. 18. Santa calls children all over the country. There is no charge for the calls. For more information call 304-455-9130.