City of Sparta seeks county assistance in fire truck purchase

Posted By | April 8, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
A discussion about rental fees for the unmanned fire stations on Polk Street and Bockman Way during the meeting of the Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Thursday led to a dialogue of requesting the county government to fund a fire truck for the City of Sparta.
“I suggest we ask the county if it’s our turn for a fire truck and ask them for one,” said Aldermen Tommy Pedigo.
Pedigo was referring to the rotation plan the county has attempted to follow in keeping the nine county volunteer fire departments updated with the latest fire fighting equipment.
The board questioned Sparta Fire Chief Ed Kay about the ISO ratings and how to keep the high standards that have been acquired. Vice-Mayor Hoyt Jones said, “I suggest we look for a ladder truck to help with ratings.”
The board continued their discussion about requesting the county to totally fund or partially fund a fire truck for the city.
“I think we should draft a request to the county and see what their response is,” said Mayor Claude Bradley.
Other items of business included:
– Approved of out-of-state travel for Sparta Electric Manager Wayne Rogers to travel to the Tenn. Valley Public Power Association meeting in Biloxi, Miss.
– Approved $1255 for repair of a flocculator for the Sparta Water Dept.
– Approved a request by Tri-State Distribution to relocate a water line on Vista Drive because of their expansion project; estimates are approximately $30,000
– Approved property tax change of assessment certifications
– Approved request from Rogers to allow the Spencer wastewater operator to work at the Sparta plant to get the hours he needs to get his certification
– Discussed the request of Bill Cope, who lives behind Sonic, to level the road because of the hazardous condition of the hill
The Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen meets at 5 p.m., the first and third Thursdays of each month.

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