Piedmont Fire Chief Mike Ledbetter requested council approval for the purchase of a Plyvoment ventilation system at a cost of $62,000, which would be paid from the city’s fire tax.
The ventilation system is designed to capture the fire truck’s diesel exhaust, which has been linked to an increased risk of cancer among firefighters, according to Ledbetter.
“If we can possibly do something to help prevent these guys from getting cancer, I’m all for it,” said Mayor Bill Baker.
While the council seemed to be in favor of the purchase, several council members agreed that two additional bids would need to be obtained prior to making a decision.
“We’re going to see if there are any other bids out there, and bring it back in two weeks,” Baker told the chief, while assuring him that “I’m confident we’ll get you what you need.”
Ledbetter’s request was tabled until the next council meeting.
In other business, the council awarded a CDBG wastewater system improvement project to Tren-Tay, Inc., who submitted a low bid of $436,395.
A low bid of $780 was approved to complete a roof repair at the city’s police department. Police Chief Freddie Norton said that a leak had damaged the department’s phone and radio systems.
A number of vehicles and equipment was declared as surplus property. The items will be listed for sale on the Gov Deals website. Money from the sales will go towards the purchase of a new Massey Ferguson tractor for the city’s street department.
The council also approved the annual Municipal Water Pollution Prevention Report.
Bills for payment were approved in the amount of $627,771.05.
The next regular Piedmont City Council Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 21st, immediately following the work session, which is set for 5:30pm.