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May 16, 2013

Kimberly council purchases software, equipment upgrades for fire department

KIMBERLY — The Kimberly City Council has authorized the purchase of updated software for the fire department, to keep the city’s ISO rating in place and insurance rates lower for residents.

That action was one of several taken by the council in its regular meeting Tuesday night.

The update for a software package called Firehouse will help the department keep tabs on a wide range of activities, including equipment and maintenance reports needed to keep the city’s standing with the Insurance Service Office, which issues ISO ratings. The approval includes the purchase of additional modules for the software, as well as annual maintenance contracts.

In that same action, the council also authorized the servicing of Air Pak breathing apparatus, and also new batteries for Lifepak AED defibrillator units, for a total of $6,230. In a separate vote, the council approved a maintenance contract for the AED units for $330 per device per year.

The council also authorized City Clerk Sandy Waid to accept a settlement from the Alabama Municipal Insurance Corporation for $20,988.13 to cover damage to city properties from storms two months ago. In a related move, bids were opened for roof repairs to City Hall and the firehouse from the storms, but acceptance of a low bid from a Trussville firm was tabled while a council committee checks on the specifications of materials to be used.

In other action, the council:

  • Voted to purchase a surplus 2005 Dodge Durango and a walk-through metal detector from the city of Mountain Brook for $1,000
  • Authorized $300 for the municipal judge to take required continuing education courses
  • Accepted a low bid of $3,900 from Mulvehill Heating and Air to replace an air conditioning unit in the police station
  • Heard from Kevin Kirk, a 28-year veteran of the Pell City Police Department, who has applied for a part-time position with Kimberly’s force.

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