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July 12, 2013

Council approves equipment purchases

GRAYSON — The Grayson City Council on Tuesday approved the purchase of new equipment for the city’s police department and for the fire department’s dive team.

Acting Police Chief Marlene Stewart told Council that mechanical issues with some of the department’s vehicles were becoming a concern. If faced with another breakdown, Stewart said, the department would be short a cruiser. She asked that Council approve the purchase of a new cruiser for $30,000.

The council put aside $70,000 in a May special meeting for new cruisers. That money, coupled with an anticipated matching federal grant, would purchase four new vehicles.

However, Stewart told the council the grant could take up to a year to come through if approved. The council voted unanimously to approve the purchase.

Fire Battalion Chief Kyle Morgan addressed the council with equipment concerns for the department’s dive rescue team. He asked the council to front $17,500 to purchase two sets of Interspiro diving equipment.

The dive team has already raised $12,000 toward the $29,500 total cost. Morgan said the Interspiro equipment is the safest diving system on the market.

“This is a really good thing we do here and I think we should help,” Councilwoman Juanita Kennedy said as she made the motion to approve the request, which passed unanimously.

The council also discussed the upcoming deadline for the alcohol sales ordinance. City Attorney Reid Glass agreed to email a preliminary draft of the ordinance to council members in anticipation of a work session on the matter. Council voted to meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday to address any additions or concerns they may have.

The council also set July 25 as the date for first reading of the ordinance. Two readings of the ordinance must pass and the measure must be published before alcohol sales can occur. Council also wants to send the ordinance to the State Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control for input before the reading.

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