Cleveland recently received an ambulance to be housed in their new fire station to decrease response time on the northern end of the county.
Just prior to the regular council meeting of the Cleveland Town Council, a local building authority meeting was held. During this meeting, Mayor Chris Parkins announced several requests for use of the remaining funds from the construction of the public safety building in the city.
"The fire department has requested accessory equipment along with pressure washer equipment totaling $1,366," said Mayor Parkins. "Also to be added is exercise equipment in the form of a treadmill, and a back-up generator and switch." Parkins said the electrical contractors met to discuss the generator and the suggestion was made by them to purchase a generator and install a manual switch for its operation.
Parkins noted some equipment, final supplies, and the LED sign for the building has already been purchased and the remaining amount is $16,123.85. The amount of the new requests is $15,700. This will leave a small amount in the fund for any additional needs. The LBA approved the purchase of the generator, treadmill, and other equipment.
The LBA was formed to oversee the funds for the maintenance of the public safety building. The council decided the LBA would pay the utilities and bond payment for the new building. The LBA was closed and the regular town council meeting was opened.
During the public comment portion of the meeting, Kisty Ward was present and approached the council concerning her use of the community hall. She suggested several maintenance issues with the building. The council advised the issue would be put on the January 2011 meeting for action.
Brian Rasmussen also requested the council consider renting him a room in the community hall for his art studio. Rasmussen requested the old town office as it could be secured. This item will also be put on the next meeting's agenda.
A business license was approved for Blake Gardner to open a boat repair shop. He stated the business would be at his home and he has the space to do the work.
Mayor Parkins said he had surveyed the town and noted the street lights which are not working. He has met with Rocky Mountain Power and they have agreed to do the repair work. The work will begin in two-four weeks.
The town is awaiting a copy of Castle Dale's animal ordinance. This ordinance will be a model to compile a new ordinance for Cleveland. Mayor Parkins said the county commission has requested all cities and towns move toward a uniform ordinance for the county.
The town audit was discussed and Jamie Jensen said the auditors had no negative comments. "The town is sitting pretty well," she said.
Colleen Hansen has been volunteering some work with the Utah Department of Transportation for the town. Mayor Parkins suggested a letter of appreciation along with a gift be sent to Hansen. The council approved. "She has done a phenomenal job working with UDOT," said Parkins.
Councilman Greg Oliver announced he will be recruiting several new members for the fire department. He also said the new fire truck will be ready soon, and he will be traveling to Nebraska to accept the truck and drive it back to Cleveland.
Mayor Parkins announced that in addition to the NIMS training, he would like to put together a spreadsheet listing all the equipment and specially trained Cleveland residents which could be utilized during a critical event. A letter will be sent to residents informing them of this action, and the residents will be requested to fill it out and return it to the town office.
Councilperson Verla Jensen suggested to compile a list of those Cleveland residents who would be in need of care and special considerations during such a critical event. The council agreed. The next town council meeting will be Feb. 10 at 7 p.m.