County commissioner hired as firefighter
By Sparta Live | July 11, 2011 12:00 am
City of Sparta is welcoming a new fulltime firefighter to its ranks with the approval of Matt McBride, a longtime volunteer with the fire service, whose extensive training and background will be combined with the lengthy experience and service of those who are already employed in that capacity.
McBride’s hiring was officially approved by Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen during the July 7, 2011, meeting, after a recommendation by Sparta Fire Chief Kirk Young.
McBride, who serves as a county commissioner for District 5, will join Barry Brady, Jason Sparks, Lanny Selby and Richard Taylor, along with Chief Young, as the fulltime firefighters for City of Sparta. These firefighters have almost a century of combined experienced in the field of fire service and emergency services.
In other business, the board heard reports for each of the city’s departments.
Sparta Fire Department – Chief Kirk Young
Young reported the department’s involvement with the following:
•One assist for White County Emergency Medical Services
•Seven fire calls that were false alarms, which included White County High School’s alarm system that was malfunctioning
•Two small gas spills
•One structure fire on Freedom Trail that was caused by lightning
Public Works Department – Olof Fornehed, director
According to Fornehed, workers “had a pretty rough week” because three trucks were out-of-service. Fornehed said the department is running behind in brush pickup. The newer automated garbage truck has also been out-of-service because of brake problems, with workers reverting to picking up garbage manually. Fornehed said workers will “catch up” just as soon as possible.
Workers have trimmed the trees around Liberty Square and on Bockman Way, as well as bush-hogging specified areas.
Fornehed said the department has also begun a project on Highway 111, in the vicinity of the traffic light at the Walmart intersection, for drainage purposes.
Sparta Police Department – Lt. Robert Hall
Hall said officers issued seven traffic citations during the recent July 4th holiday weekend. No traffic crashes occurred within the city limits during this time span.
Hall also informed the board about a burglary at Sparta Discount Drugs at approximately 2 a.m., July 6, 2011, and commended two officers for their swift response and ultimate capture of the suspect.
“Thanks to some alert Sparta citizens, when the burglar stepped out of the front window, he stepped right into the hands of Sgt. [Jeff] Hutson and Patrolman [Rodney] Daniel,” said Hall.
Sparta Electric Department – L.R. West, director
West said he had checked on the cost of L.E.D. street lights, as per the request of Alderman Bobby Officer. West said the lights now in place are the most cost-effective.
He also said the transformer for Tri State Distribution has been set.
West said the department received numerous calls about outages during the recent storms.
“We had to add two new transformers that lightning had hit,” said West.
According to West, the Highland Drive area has experienced some problems, with outages bouncing back and forth across the street. During a recent storm, West said tree trimmers observed an arc that ran up the lines on Lee Street, which is adjacent to Highland Drive. The problem was most likely caused by tree limbs, which have now been trimmed.
In other action, the board:
•Authorized ratification of Public Chapter 29 about the charter for City of Sparta as approved by Tennessee General Assembly
•Approved resolution calling for a special census of the residents of City of Sparta
•Authorized execution of contract to provide credit card services for electric and public works departments
•Authorized purchase for upgrade of GPS base station and handheld GPS unit
In action as Sparta Beer Board, members:
•Approved application for off-premises beer permit for Raceway Market, 315 E. Bockman Way
Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen meets at 5 p.m., the first and third Thursdays of each month, at Sparta City Hall. The next meeting will be July 21, 2011.