Alabaster fire department gets new pumper truck

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Alabaster&8217;s City Council cleared the way for the purchase of a new fire truck and a grant to purchase two new electric generators for the Fire Department.

The council approved the $477,956 purchase of a new pumper truck from NAFECO and approved the Fire Department to seek a hazard mitigation grant for $55,000 to $60,000 to purchase two new generators that would be kept at Fire Stations One and Two. The grant would carry a 25 percent match that would come from Fire Department funds.

Councilmember Jim McClain pointed out that the two new generators to keep power at the two stations would benefit the city more than the Fire Department. He said Fire Station Three already has a generator.

The Alabaster Radio Control Association recently held a radio controlled model airplane show at Limestone Park in Alabaster to expose children to the hobby and help raise funds for local schools.

As a result of the show, the club presented checks to the KidsFirst program in Alabaster for $500 and to Thompson Intermediate School, Thompson Middle School and Thompson High School for $250 each.

The club also gave away five radio-controlled airplanes with a total value of $2,000.

The club recognized Chemical Lime and the Alabaster Parks and Recreation Department for their help.

In other matters, the council approved an off premises only beer license for Chico&8217;s Enterprises LLC at 8775 Highway 119.

The council set a work session for 7 p.m. Monday, May 22 at the City Services Building on Highway 119.

Monica Trenholm of 149 Cohill Drive complained over the treatment by police of her uncle and brother. She said everyone on Cohill Drive does not sell drugs.

She met with the mayor, police chief and city attorney about the incident following the meeting.

During a prior work session, the council discussed the need for an abatement board for which a public hearing will be held the first of next month.

Also discussed was the pay of labor pool personnel, a bicycle trail into Veterans Park, demolition requirements for parts of the old Buck Creek Cotton Mill and giving a developer 10 days from the issuance of a letter by the city engineer to clean up mud flowing into a creek and onto yards from Grande View Estates