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Donation will add kitchen, meeting room to station
TELL CITY - Volunteer firemen in Tell City accustomed to putting out fires in kitchens will soon be able to gather around a food-preparation area of their own in their 12th and Mozart streets fire station.
Speaking at a meeting of the city's board of public works and safety earlier this month, Fire Chief Greg Linne said the department has received a donation of just over $8,000 that will allow the department to convert existing open space into a kitchen area and adjoining meeting room. He presented tentative blueprints showing the renovated areas to the board and members gave their approval. The name of the donor, at that person's request, isn't be disclosed.
"It's a very generous donation that's going to let us add a food-preparing area and meeting room," Linne said. Included in the plans are a range, sink, refrigerator and ice-maker.
The department has gathered for meetings and training session for years in the station on Humboldt Street but city officials have faced increased utility-maintenance costs at the aging building.
Work will begin late this fall and continue through the winter, with department members doing as much of the work as possible themselves.
Police Chief David Faulkenberg reported on several issues, including a 2001 police car being put up for sale by the department. City officers were able to pick up a new Chevrolet Impala Oct. 31, good timing he said, since the old car it will replace began having engine troubles.
Sealed bids will be accepted for the 2001 Crown Victoria, which can be viewed at the rear of the station. People interested in starting the car can ask for an officer to be called at the station. Bids will be opened Dec. 3.
The officer is currently driving a reserve vehicle.
Faulkenberg announced that County Prosecutor Robert Collins has donated $2,297 for two in-house computer work stations with Windows XP systems that will be compatible with existing technology and will be used by officers for filing case reports.