The current tips on the repeater system are fiberglass, which has proven ineffective for communication within the city limits for the fire and police departments.
The tips will be replaced with more efficient, open-element tips that will improve inter-department communications. The cost will be approximately $3,200.
Fire Chief David Waid also informed the council that the department performed their annual hose check on Saturday.
The department tested 11,875 feet of hose and 14 sections of that hose had gone bad. Waid asked to replace half of the sections now and the other half in a few months, to defray the cost. The council agreed. Each section costs approximately $300.
In other business:
• The council decided to keep the municipal election qualifying fees at $50 for the upcoming year’s election.
•The council agreed to waive the property taxes for the Sumiton Housing Authority, provided the taxes are put toward improvements at the Housing Authority apartments.
•Approved the payment of all listed accounts payable, including uniform fees and new uniforms for the dispatchers.
•The city will unveil the newly-designed city flag at city hall on Friday at 10 a.m.
The flag will be used that night at a ceremony to honor the state’s wounded and disabled veterans.
•The council discussed getting an artist’s rendering for the new fire department, but decided to first get the land prepped and cleared out.
•The council decided to send out for bids on paving the roads in Hayfield subdivision, Bryan Cutoff Road and Old Birmingham Highway.
•City attorney Allison Landrum suggested the city consider a fire inspection fee. When a new business opens, the fire department is required to perform a series of inspections. Currently the department performs these inspections for free, but many departments charge for the service.
•The council approved the city’s alcohol sale ordinance.