A second aerial truck has been purchased by the White Hall Volunteer Fire Department, Mayor Noel Foster told the city’s aldermen Monday evening.
The 80-foot ladder truck was acquired from the Pine Bluff Fire Department for $7,000, Foster explained, and can be used in a number of firefighting modes. The Pine Bluff department used the truck as a backup aerial.
Plaques on the vehicle note it was added to the White Hall fleet “In Honor of Alderman Ed May,” the longest serving member of the White Hall City Council and an early member of the volunteer department in the early 1960s.
“It was a total surprise,” May said when the plaques were uncovered during a demonstration following the council meeting.
Aldermen authorized Fire Chief Sandy Castleberry to make upgrades to the truck, including the purchase of several new tires. The volunteers have been working on the ladder truck for several days.
In other business Monday, aldermen:
■ Placed on three readings and approved a proposed ordinance rezoning a 1.4 acre tract at 103 Timber Lane from R-1 (single family residential) to C-2 (general commercial). The Planning Commission recommended the rezoning April 9.
■ Approved the reappointment of Wayne Rasor to a three-year term on the Advertising and Promotion Commission. Alderman Scott Ray was reappointed to a one-year term on the commission.
■ Heard the city has received a $20,000 recycling grant and will use the funds to purchase a used dump truck for the composting program.
■ Alderman Scott Ray recommended the municipality look in to picking up bagged grass and leaves prior to Wednesdays. Foster said he will look into the proposal.
■ Approved the allocation of funds for a summer jobs program involving workers to mow and edge parks and other public property.