Geneva to look into upgrading fire department building
The Geneva Town Council gave permission to Bill Warren, town clerk-treasurer, to come up with a plan for upgrading the Geneva Volunteer Fire Department building. What started out as needing to replace the roof is looking to turn into insulating the roof over the truck bays with Styrofoam insulation to help reduce heating costs, adding onto the existing office, and getting the roof lines to all match, making it look like one building.
While the more extensive upgrades will cost more initially, it will save the town money in the long run.
“Long term, it would benefit the town and the fire station,” said council vice-president Jim Timmons.
Warren stated that he would have plans drawn up and get quotes to present to the council at next month’s meeting.
In other fire news, the new carpet being laid in the upstairs of the Hanni building is nearly complete. There were two fire runs for the month of January.
In police news, Landon Patterson, IT director for Adams County, met with the police department to continue the process of installing phone and Internet services into the fire department building. Patterson stated that he had all of the necessary equipment. The wires just need to be pulled and the new equipment needs to be installed. This will connect the building with the other town buildings. Eventually, the county hopes to have all county buildings connected. This will also save the town of Geneva approximately $1,200 in phone charges.
Town Marshall Rob Johnson also informed the board that the defibrillators purchased in 2002-2003 are going to need replaced soon. Parts and batteries are no longer being made for them. He said that it was time to start researching grants for replacing them.
In personnel news, the town of Geneva has hired Scott Smith as assistant to the water and wastewater superintendent, Steve Hampshire. Smith is also training to be a water and wastewater superintendent.
In addition, council:
- unanimously passed Ordinance 2011-6-Utility rules on its third reading.
- approved the Planning Commission contract and the Adams County Economic Development Committee contract.
- approved Jerrold Neuenschwander to serve on the board of directors for the South Adams Senior Center. Neuenschwander will take the post vacated when Richard Allspaw passed away.
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