Updating firefighting equipment highlighted a meeting of the Loyall City Council on Monday.
“In the next couple of months me and my guys are going to try and work on an inventory sheet to show council what all we have,” said Fire Chief Vern Guffy. “I’m also going to be talking to you all about what we need. One of the things I’m going to be looking for is money.”
Guffy said equipment is becoming dated and will have to be replaced. He said he will search for grant money to help the city with the financial end of replacing equipment.
“There are things that need to be done — that haven’t been done, because it cost a lot of money for some of the stuff that needs to be done,” said Guffy. “Ladders on the fire trucks need to be tested and other things also need to be tested, but it cost a lot of money to do that.”
Guffy added some of his equipment has laid on a shelf for years and not been used, which he said “doesn’t mean the equipment is bad,” but added there are time limits on the equipment to which he hopes in the future “some of those rules can be changed.”
Council women Anne McFarland and Trenna Cornett complimented Guffy on the job he has done with the city’s fire department.
In other council action, approval was given to Rio Vista resident Ed Harris, who requested to allow Hilltop Ministry use of a building he owns on County Pike in the city, which formerly housed Acres/Oaks Furniture.
Santa and Mrs. Claus, portrayed by Charles “Coach” and George Ann Lovely, of Loyall, attended the meeting where they took “Christmas wishes” and gave out candy canes to all those attending. The city also provided a Christmas dinner for all those attending the council meeting.
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