It will take two phases, but the Campbellsburg Fire Department could be rebuilt this year.
Campbellsburg City Council member Rex Morgan delivered a report by Harold Bratton Monday night that outlined the work that needed to be completed on the station. The fire department was seriously damaged in a fire earlier this year.
“Phase one is ... redoing the main structure,” Morgan said. That work will include removing steel and insulation, cleaning up and painting the building’s frame, and installing new metal, insulation, doors, electrical work, plumbing and heating and air for the main structure. The second phase, he said, would include kitchen and office areas.
Focusing on the first phase, Morgan said, will better enable the city to complete the repair work before winter.
Morgan said Bratton felt the building’s overall structure was okay, but some of the purlins — a part of the roof structure — need to be replaced. “It didn’t really get hot enough in there to damage the beams,” Morgan said, but the exterior metal will be removed.
The report provides the city with a list of work that needs to be done to complete a more accurate bid. In the city’s May meeting, bids for the fire department’s repair ranged wildly from $103,495 to $169,728 and reflected varying degrees of work.
Campbellsburg Fire Chief David Noe said the department has applied for a $400,000 fire station construction grant through FEMA that could give the department “a couple different choices.”
If received, he suggested, the city could fund the current repairs entirely, or it “might choose to find another location and use (the current building) for a community center.
“If we do get the grant, there definitely wouldn’t be any money out of pocket.”
In other business:
• The council appointed Shirley Clem to fill the council seat left vacant after Jan Fletcher was named mayor last month. Fletcher replaced former mayor Carl Rucker, who resigned in June.
Clem’s appointment came after considerable discussion about three potential candidates for the seat: Clem, Zach Yates and Daniel Lane. Lane ran for the council in the 2008 election.
Initially, Fletcher requested a closed session to discuss the appointment, but city attorney Joe Yates said discussion of the appointment of a city council member is not a legally valid reason for a closed session.
Jason Stanley moved to appoint Zach Yates, John Suter moved to appoint Lane and Morgan moved to appoint Clem. Lane, after some discussion about the impact serving on council would have on his disability income, withdrew his name from consideration. Suter then seconded Clem’s nomination because Yates was not present. The nomination passed on a slow 5-0 vote.
• Carrollton Utilities director Bill Osborne told the council that many of the repairs to the sewer system required in the school sewershed, including sealing of manholes, have been completed. “We’re really waiting on some rain in there to do the final clean-up,” he said.
That rain also is necessary for CU to review the system’s water infiltration problem.
• The council agreed to review its business license operation after Gary Curtis asked the fee be reduced for businesses that do not operate year-round.
• Agreed to purchase property tax software that will digitize the city’s tax records. City Clerk Tish Tindall said the records now are kept in a series of binders, and take time to go through to complete requests for those records. The software will be purchased through Green Tree, with an annual fee of $600, after Tindall speaks with other agencies to ensure compatibility.
• The council voted to purchase six Christmas decorations — three as replacements for those destroyed in the CFD fire, and three new — for a total of $1,608.
• Agreed to purchase traffic signs to be installed on Cardinal Drive while traffic from U.S. 421 is detoured there. Among the signs will be no parking signs. According to Campbellsburg Police Chief Glen Woods, motorists will be asked not to stop on the road, but that it will be a temporary situation.
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