Oak Grove to pay $2000 toward truck repairs
by Bill Kimber
Feb 19, 2014 | 1000 views |  0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The town of Oak Grove will pay $2,000 toward repairing a man’s Ford pickup that was damaged by a fire truck Jan. 28 during a winter storm that crippled transportation in the area.

The fire engine slid on ice and hit the truck belonging to Stephen Frost of Forest Glen Road. Oak Grove’s insurance carrier, the Alabama Municipal Insurance Corporation, denied the damage claim because the damage was incurred during a declared state of emergency while the fire truck was being used for emergency management activities.

Frost requested the town pay part or all of the damage. Council members agreed to spend up to $2,000 to help fix the truck.

The council also:

Approved a status change for one volunteer firefighter, allowing him to drive the department’s trucks. He had moved to Oak Grove from out-of-state and wasn’t allowed to drive the trucks until his driving record could be confirmed.

Approved an additional premium of $1,300 to Municipal Workers Compensation Fund for coverage of firefighters added to the department this year.

Approved changing the job description of the receptionist and clerk’s assistant at town hall, and opened an application period to fill the job. The longtime receptionist is retiring April 1, and the new receptionist will have additional duties.

Renewed the town’s accounting software and support for the coming year at a cost of $935.

Approved having Alabama Rural Water Association perform an annual smoke test to detect leaks in the town’s sewers, at a cost of $250 per day plus $15 for each smoke signal used.

Authorized Mayor Tony White to spend up to $10,000 for the remainder of the 2014 fiscal year for sewer repairs and maintenance.

Changed the date for the Oak Grove Heritage and Homecoming Festival, to be held Oct. 18 in Oak Grove Park.

Authorized White and Town Clerk Wendy Kelly to sign documents regarding grant work to expand the senior center.

Approved opening a checking account for grant funds for construction of the senior center expansion.

Authorized White to apply for a USDA grant designed to bring jobs to the community.

Declared a 2001 Massey-Ferguson tractor as surplus, to be sold on govdeals.com. The town’s newer tractor will be delivered next week.

Oak Grove’s council regularly meets on the second Tuesday of each month. This month’s meeting had been postponed due to inclement weather.