On Tuesday, the Centre City Council declared a “State Of Emergency” due to the engine of the City’s Ladder Truck being damaged. Fire Chief Lee told the Council the truck had been towed to a repair shop in Rockmart with the estimate to repair the engine at a cost of $10000 or to replace the engine from Cummings with a full one year warranty at a cost of $46000. The Council voted to replace the engine with a new one to get the truck back in service.
In other business, the Council appointed Councilman Phillip Roberts to serve on the DeKalb-Cherokee Gas Board, step pay raises were approved for Rita Garrett and Fire Chief Jeremy Lee. The annual employee pay raise was approved. The Council voted to allow Police Chief Blankenship to use money derived from a department fund raiser to purchase each officer in the department a work jacket at a cost of $2400. The purchase of a new police car was approved from the State Bid List at a total cost $37,047.27 which is $803 under budget. The Council also approved a $13000 payment to McKee and Associates for their work on a new Aquatic Center.
Mayor Mansfield told the Council the City’s renovation of the old National Guard Armory building is almost complete. It will be the Centre Community Center. He said the project could be complete by late February and be ready for occupancy.
The next Council meeting scheduled for December 8 was moved from the regular time to 12:30 pm to coincide with the City’s Employee Christmas Luncheon.