Supervisors approve to purchase new fire truck

By Amanda McBride
The Choctaw Plaindealer

The Choctaw County Board of Supervisors approved to purchase a new
fire truck for Union Volunteer Fire Department.

In their March 18 board meeting, representatives from Union VFD
attended the meeting to discuss issues with their 1976 fire truck.

District 3 Supervisor Chris McIntire, also board president, said the
county has paid off two fire trucks within the last year. He said the
county has been purchasing new fire trucks when one rolls off of the
debt service. Union VFD is the only fire department without a new
fire truck.

McIntire added that the county has received a $75,000 grant from the
state’s Rural Fire Truck Acquisition Assistance Program to purchase a
fire truck for Union VFD.

District 5 Supervisor Eric Chambers asked what would happen to the
1976 truck when a new one arrives. Lacey Dean, Union VFD chief, said
it’s not in good shape and has cranking problems.

District 1 Supervisor Archie Collins said purchasing a pumper-tanker
for Union would be an added benefit for the county’s fire ratings, too.

McIntire said previously a 3,500 galloon tanker has costs
approximately $225, 000. After a short discussion, the board approved
to advertise for a new fire truck, after receiving the specs from
Union VFD.

Also in the March 18 meeting, the board listened to an insurance
presentation from New York Life. No action was taken.
Mike Hughes, insurance agent with Weaver Insurance, presented the
supervisors a list of property and equipment to update insured
amounts. They also discussed receiving quotes on insuring the new
medical office building and new hospital.
Lori Kerr, tax assessor/collector, also addressed the board. She
presented information on the tax office using a credit/debit card
machine. The board asked her to get more information from this company.

The Board of Supervisors approved:
-To forward $19,140 to Marty Crowder, county engineer, for payments
for services.
-Subcontract request on the Pigeon Roost Project by request of Crowder.
-Permit request from AT&T on Weir Panhandle Road in District 4.
-To advertise the Reseal Project. Bids will be opened April 30.

The next Board of Supervisors meeting will be March 28 at 9 a.m. at
the Choctaw County Courthouse.