Level Plains approves multiple purchases

The Level Plains City Council approved multiple purchases at its regularly scheduled meeting on Jan. 7.

The council approved the purchase of a new tractor for the Level Plains Water Department at a cost of up to $14,000.

Mayor Bruce Grantham informed the council that the department’s previous tractor caught fire and was expected to be a total loss. He said the cause of the fire was unknown.

“It’s been on borrowed time but now we’re forced to replace it,” Grantham said.

In other business, the council approved Police Chief Keith Gray to purchase up to $3,000 for equipment for the recently purchased Crown Victoria police interceptor.

“We want to do it right,” Grantham said.

Gray also asked the council for permission to sign a letter of intent to purchase should the department find another Crown Victoria for purchase not to exceed $14,000.

Gray introduced the newest officer to the LPPD, Steve Brown, to the city council. Brown will be attending the academy later this month.

Level Plains Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jamie Gatlin addressed the council regarding a new brush truck for the LPVFD.

Gatlin said that the LPVFD’s only brush truck is currently in the shop and needs repair. He asked the council to approve the department to get the truck repaired.

The council approved Gatlin’s request.

“We don’t have a choice, we’ve got to have the truck,” Grantham said.

The council approved selling the city’s 2004 Crown Victoria on GovDeals with a $3,000 minimum bid.

The council also approved to renew the city’s worker’s compensation insurance.

Grantham updated the council on the status of the purchase of the land adjacent to the city’s park. He said that the purchasing process has been started and once the city has a title in hand the city would get a survey of the land completed.

The next Level Plains City Council meeting will be Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. at Level Plains City Hall. The meeting is open to the public.

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