Due to the absence of board members Dennis Darr and Bill Dixon, the Turkey Creek Township Advisory Board could not hold an official monthly meeting Monday evening due to lack of quorum. However, board member Kim Cates and Turkey Creek Township Trustee Barb Griffith took that time to hold a brief discussion with Syracuse Fire Chief Mickey Scott.
The second reading of the township’s 2014 budget scheduled to take place during the meeting will instead be held sometime later this month. That date is yet to be announced.
Scott read his monthly fire report aloud, in which he explained the contractor hired to do the Station 1 project will be ready to begin as soon as permits from the state and county are obtained. The department is attempting to have the second story addition closed to the outside elements by the time winter commences.
Scott also discussed the need to refurbish Truck 1, which is 21 years old and used for a variety of incidents and tasks. The truck is scheduled to be replaced this year with a budgeted expense of $250,000. The truck’s current box can be remounted to a new chassis. Scott would like to gain approval to advertise for bids for the truck’s refurbishment as soon as possible.
In his report, Scott also reported on the following:
- In September, there were 10 fire calls and 75 EMS calls.
- Annual fire hose testing was conducted. Six sections of hose failed the testing and replacement hose has been ordered.
- Fire pump testing will be conducted this week, weather permitting.
The Turkey Creek Township Advisors meet at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of the month at Syracuse Fire Station 2.