By Nathan Prewett, For the Tribune
PINSON – The Pinson City Council heard a report from Center Point Fire District Battalion Chief Chris Horn during a brief regular meeting on Thursday, Nov. 2.
Horn gave a report on happenings for the month of September, saying that there were 860 calls, up 23.88% from this time last year. The department has handled 7,733 calls so far this year, he said. They are down six employees and are conducting interviews to hire more.
A battalion chief has retired after more than 26 years, he said. This was Paul Henderson, who had also been the station captain of Station 2 for more than 19 years. Dan Sagas will replace him.
Horn said that several members of the department will travel to Fairhope to perform the final inspections of a new ladder truck that has been on order for two years. He added that their new rescue truck is in full service and has already been used today during an incident.
On the subject of incidents, Horn reported that the department has been busy recently, one being a car that had fallen 50 feet into a rise. First responders were able to cut the passenger out of the car after 45 minutes. On the very same day there was a woods fire that was dealt with.
“The dispatchers really juggled that and did an outstanding job,” he said.
Horn said that firefighters were presently working to put out two woods fires, one off of Carson Road and the other off of Fox Hill Road. He urged residents not to burn anything outside due to extremely dry conditions.
Afterwards, the council announced a Veterans Day lunch at the Rock School on Nov. 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Veterans who want to make reservations may call City Hall at 205-680-5556.
“Please reach out,” said Mayor Pro Tem Robbie Roberts. “We really do appreciate the service that all of our veterans have given us and we want to recognize that.”
The seats on the Zoning Board of Adjustments and the Pinson Public Library Board are still open for anyone interested in applying to them.
In other business, the council:
- Agreed to split the cost of a rescue truck in the amount of $8,850 with Jefferson County 9-11 to pay for maintenance,
- Rezoned a property on Ridgewood Drive from Jefferson County R1 to City of Pinson District RM (Residential Medium) and
- Set the date for the next meeting to Monday, Nov. 13, due to members traveling to Atlanta, Ga., for the National League of Cities.
Pinson City Council meets on the first and third Thursdays of every month at City Hall on 4410 Main Street. Live-streamed meetings can be seen on the city’s Facebook page.
Nathan Prewett can be reached at email@example.com.