CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A new rescue truck and equipment are on the way for the St. Albans Fire Department.City Council approved the lease-purchase of a new truck Monday night. It will replace the 1999 model truck currently in use.They also approved the purchase of 17 Hazmat suits.The $209,000 price tag on the truck is nearly covered by grants, while the $6,500 worth of Hazmat suits is entirely covered by grants.
Council also approved the $2.8 million water budget and $3.7 million sewer budget for the year ending June 30, 2014. Accountant Mike Griffith explained that the sewer budget includes an additional maintenance employee, whose position will be paid for by the expansion of the Greater St. Albans Public Service District.Griffith said the budgets are not much larger than the current year's.Council is also working to refinance the current water and sewer bonds in order to save a "considerable amount of dollars on interest rates," Mayor Dick Callaway said.He said the city anticipates saving a minimum of $176,000 by refinancing. The city will then be able to expand its upgrade and replacement of old lines. A public hearing is set for May 20 regarding the ordinances to approve the refinancing, which will then be up for a third and final reading at the council meeting the same night.Finally, Callaway swore in Adam Stout as the newest member of the police department. Stout has worked for the last four years in Parkersburg.