By Pam Robinson
This Friday, November 9, Mount Vernon volunteer firefighters will use a reserve engine and deliver Domino’s pizza from 5 – 8 p.m. In the process, they will check out home fire detectors. The pizza is free to every family with a working fire detector installed in their homes.
At its Thursday, Nov. 1, meeting, the Mount Vernon Board of Public Works and Safety approved the fire department’s participation in this opportunity created by Domino’s new owner, Brenda Wilson. Mount Vernon Fire Chief Wes Dixon added he hopes to receive donations of fire detectors for homes without one.
In other board business:
•Clerk Treasurer Cristi Sitzman opened quotes received on the demolition of 417 E. Water Street. Opened in the order they were received, the quotes follow: $7,250 from Russell’s Excavating & Septic Tanks, Inc.; $6,300 from O’Risky Excavating; $4,000 from D.K. Parker Company, Inc. The board approved the lowest quote from D.K. Parker, pending review by City Attorney Beth McFadin Higgins and City Building Commissioner Sherry Willis.
•The board approved dispensing with the interview list from the recent testing for potential city police officers at the request of the interview board. Police Chief Grant Beloat added he would like to repeat the interview process in late spring or early summer.
•Addressing the board as co-chair of Christmas on Main Street, City Council member Becky Higgins received permission for street closures for the Christmas on Main Street Parade to be held Saturday, December 1. The parade route will start at Water and Main for lineup, proceeding up Main, turning onto 6th Street, then taking 6th Street to Canal, going on to Hedges and the Community Center. In addition, the board agreed parking will be restricted on lower Main to give bigger floats room to go down the street.
•At the request of Wastewater Superintendent Rodney Givens, Mayor John Tucker signed the form to accept certain work done at the treatment plant as a result of inspection completed earlier in the day.
•The board granted permission to the street department for employees to attend and make reservations for the January pest control conference at Purdue.
•Police Chief Grant Beloat reported his department had received their new firearms, and everyone had qualified with them. He added that the annual Halloween candy give-away was successful and very well-received in the community. Over 1,000 bags of candy were given away.
•Board member Steve Fuelling discussed several items that needed to be addressed at the riverfront: safety lighting and cameras, a storage building for electrical boxes and the like, and remedying the problems with the electrical boxes in use.
The Mount Vernon Board of Public Works and Safety will meet again Thursday, November 15, 4 p.m., in the City Hall Annex.
By Pam Robinson
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