Department heads report to Tell City works board

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By Janet Robb

TELL CITY - Improvements to city departments was a common theme among department heads as they reported to the Tell City Board of Public Works and Safety last week.

Fire Department Chief Greg Linne updated the board on renovation of the fire station. Demolition is complete, he said, and all work is donated by firefighters and community-service workers. On Jan. 8, Lantz Fire Equipment of Evansville brought the quintuple combination ladder-pumper for a demonstration.

Linne said firemen compared their current ladder truck with this one at Twilight Towers and the west side of City Hall. He said by comparing the trucks, it helps pre-plan for potential needs if there were emergencies in these areas.

He also reported that in 2007, the department had 42 total calls that required fire reports; seven calls were from false or malfunctioning alarms; eight runs were to Troy Township and two reports were filled out on firefighters' injuries.

New improvements for the Tell City Wastewater Treatment Plant were in Superintendent Bruce Badger's report. The lights in the office and control building are on motion sensors, he told the board, adding after 10 minutes, they go off.

The board approved new fall-through prevention systems for 12 lift stations. For the single occupancy lifts, it costs $550 and for double its $900. "This is a very good investment for my department," Badger told members. Mayor Barbara Ewing said she talked with Badger and agreed that the safety feature is a preventive measure for employees' safety and helps avoid liability.

As of last week, 20 stop signs have been replaced, Street Commissioner Jeff Everly said, with more to go. "Convey to your crews that we appreciate them during this snowy weather," Ewing told him. She said she went to bed without worry, knowing Everly would have the department out clearing roads.

Electric department head Marlow Smethurst said 608 high-speed Internet service connections have been completed and they are currently working on voltage-conversion projects. The department is also accepting bids for new monitoring equipment.

Bids are due Jan. 28 with the board of directors to make a recommendation Feb. 19.

Cemetery Sexton Earl Parker was unable to attend the meeting but presented the mayor with a report, which showed Greenwood Cemetery receiving a total of $42,560 in 2007.