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Fire Department receives ‘4’ rating

Mayor praises department, saying high rating is ‘almost unheard of’
Apr 12, 2018

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News


Mayor Steve Brimhall praised the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department yesterday, sharing with the city council that the department received a rating of four, which is almost unheard of, he said.

Every few years, Brimhall said it is beneficial to have an outside eye look at the department, which was Callahan Consulting this year. Callahan consultants were full of compliments for the department saying that they have great volunteers and great equipment.

“A lot of departments across the state would be envious of our department and our people,” Brimhall said during the city council meeting on Wednesday, April 11.

The rating of four helps insurance rates for every business in town, Brimhall said.

The council approved a recommendation to create a temporary Study Committee to begin working on the recommendations from Callahan Consulting. The Study Committee will be comprised of the mayor, City Administrator Brent Schleisman, two members of the council and four firefighters. They will bring their recommendations back to the Public Safety Committee in August.

The Fire Department also will be purchasing a new 2019 rescue vehicle. The vehicle will be purchased from a company the City of Mt. Pleasant has used before. City council member Steve Engberg said that the vehicle is only coming from an hour away in case anything goes wrong, and they also offered a better warranty.

The vehicle will be purchased by funds from the city’s 2018 bond issue. The Mt. Pleasant Benefitted Fire District is also paying a portion of the cost.

The city is also selling the Fire Department’s 1999 Heavy Duty Rescue Vehicle to Command Fire Apparatus (CFA) for $60,000, which will help cover the cost of the new vehicle.

To bring the Fire Department back up to full staff, the council approved the appointment of Sydney Anderson and Colin Looker as firefighters.

In other news, the council approved an ordinance creating the Wastewater Treatment Department. Because the city will now employ workers to operate the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP), Brimhall said bringing the operation in house would “save a few dollars.”

One employee has already been hired for the department and a second is in the middle of interviews for the position.

The council voted to waive the second and third readings of the ordinance.

The mayor recommended appointing Anna Villareal to the Community Development Committee to fill the unexpired term of Holly Frary, who has moved. The committee approves signs around town, such as Brown Shoe Fit’s sign yesterday when their awning was taken down and a new sign took its place.

Brimhall also recommended the reappointment of Lori Roth for a three-year term for the Park and Recreation Board. Roth started on the board when she filled an unexpired term. Currently, she is chairperson of the committee.

The council approved both appointments.

As construction continues on the Main St. projects, the council approved hiring Kinney and Sons Excavating to repair two manholes in the Warren and Clay Street area for $22,000 and to replace a third manhole in the block of N. Jefferson St. between Madison St. and Monroe St. for $6,000.

The next Mt. Pleasant City Council meeting will be Wednesday, April 25.

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