Council Meeting Likely Approving Upgraded Fire Department Breathing Apparatus

Updated 3 years ago by Tony E. Rutherford, News Editor
Fire Chief Carl Eastham
Fire Chief Carl Eastham

Huntington City Council appeared poised to approve upgraded fire department "heads up" breathing mechanisms to new NFPA standards. Fire Chief Carl Eastham told a council work session Thursday that the company which manufactures the equipment has offered the city "the best deal they could," which is below the normal contract price.

In addition, the Huntington Police Department anticipates approval of a 2014 Dodge Ram Crew Cab with the acquisition paid through drug forfeiture funds.

The agenda includes a reallocation of certain home investment partnership funds. About $206,000  and $499,000 from two separate fiscal years will be allocated mostly for the Fairfield project. The funds were not utilized and must be reallocated or returned.

Council plans to honor Bridget Rowsey, who has been named SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year for her dance academy.

Council has a proposed professional pay grade adjustment first reading on the agenda. On Thursday, Mayor Steve Williams asked council to work with him on the measure which he said is necessary to retain professionals whose salaries are far below the market average.

The session included a request that the council, if it chooses, revise the proposed payment amounts. Or, if the body disagrees entirely with the measure, the mayor asked that it be tabled. Huntington has lost its police chief and director of administration and finance recently to better salaries.

Council meets Monday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers of Huntington City Hall.

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