KELLY-KELTON — Several items of business were discussed during Monday’s meeting of the Kelly-Kelton Fire Board.
The Kelly-Kelton Fire District Board of Directors met for a regular meeting on Monday at the Kelly-Kelton Fire Station on Pea Ridge Highway.
The meeting began with board members going over new standard operating guidelines proposed by Chief Wesley Pruitt. Pruitt worked with other departments in the county, incorporating their guidelines as well as the alcohol and drug policy which was approved by the board in March. Vice Chair Eddie Williams made a motion to accept the new guidelines, and Ray Finch seconded. All were in favor with the exception of Ken Adams, who had not yet had a chance to look over the guidelines.
Board Chair Kindra Horne then went over insurance claims information in regard to storm damage repairs that need to be made at both the substation and main station. Horne said Chief Pruitt will get bids for those repairs to submit to the board for consideration.
Williams made another motion to advertise internally — within all county departments — and externally for the position of Kelly-Kelton Fire Chief, since Pruitt is currently serving on an interim basis. The motion was not seconded.
Williams also made a motion that the department’s fundraiser account at Parks Sterling Bank be put in Pruitt’s name, as it is currently still in the name of the former chief. Finch seconded the motion, and all were in favor with the exception of Adams, who was opposed.
Horne said board members will confer to set a new meeting schedule, as the current schedule interferes with the countywide fire association meetings.
Two guest speakers on the meeting agenda — Jonathan Fowler and Randy Manus — were both unable to attend Monday’s meeting.
The board discussed the possibility of contracting with M&M to provide maintenance on the department’s truck, but no decision was made. Members will look at the upcoming budget year to decide whether or not such a contract would be possible.
Finally, the board asked Pruitt to get prices for an awning to cover the station’s main door to protect its new electronic keyless entry system.
Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.