Council members discuss concerns over need for incident training
by Rachel Davis
Dec 21, 2011 | 1093 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
OAKMAN — Oakman City Councilman Jack Smith expressed concern to the council during Monday’s meeting about those who had still not finished National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) Certification.

“We’re not going to get FEMA grants if we’re not NIMS certified,” Smith said. “Everybody’s going to have to get them and get compliant or when we come up to get a FEMA grant, we’re not going to qualify.”

Smith and Police Chief Keith Parker have completed the training required to receive FEMA funding. Councilman Dennis Welch said he would complete his over his Christmas break, while Councilwoman Marion Constant and Mayor Joyce Todd also committed to completing the training soon. Council members Steve Windham and Patt Blackwell were not in attendance.

Parker reported the police department had received three walkie-talkie handhelds and three radio units for the patrol cars from Walker County E-911. Parker also said that crime reports seem to be decreasing.

“We haven’t had as many police reports lately in reference to the thefts and burglaries and other problems,” Parker said. “As far as I’m concerned, things have gotten tremendously quiet and we’re still just trying to move forward.”

The other concern for the police department is the vehicles. Parker said the maintence costs are becoming “outrageous” and the vehicles are falling into disrepair. Todd informed Parker that one car was set up to get new tires on Tuesday and the council asked that he get estimates on tires for the other two vehicles.

“I know the condition of them is getting pretty bad, they’re falling apart,” Welch said.

In other business:

•The council decided it would begin distributing timesheets to each city employee to document the time worked each week.

•City Hall will be closed Wednesday through Monday for Christmas and will reopen on Tuesday following Christmas. It will also be closed Monday following New Year’s and will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012.

Todd reported that the sewer project would likely begin in March.