Town Council Meeting Summary
The regular monthly meeting of the Hanna Town Council was held on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 6 PM. In addition to routine matters, such as the approval of the minutes, Board and Department reports, financial reports, etc., several items of interest were brought before the Council.
Marshal Neimark presented Council Member Faldowski with a framed certificate of appreciation for her quick thinking and fast actions during a fire at a residence on Mineral Drive in November 2013.
The Town Council accepted the application from Mindee Sutter for a seat on the Rec. Board. The Town Council also approved Elder Hattabaugh and Elder Wilson to become volunteers for the Town of Hanna.
The Town Council voted to approve the changing of the hours of operation of the Rec. Center for the winter. The new hours will be 6 AM to 10 AM and 3 PM to 9 PM, beginning Monday, January 20, 2014.
Carbon County Fire Department Hanna branch Chief Tim Gregory informed the Council that it will be time for the inspection and re-evaluation of the Town’s ISO Fire Protection Classification this spring. The ISO rating is given by the Insurance Services Office of the Fire Suppression Rating Schedule and is used to determine insurance rates for homeowners in Town. The current ISO rating is “4”, which is the best score one can receive when fire protection is from a Volunteer Fire Department. Chief Gregory also stated the regulations have changed and the ISO ratings will be re-evaluated every five years.
The Town Council voted to approve two separate resolutions for two grant applications to the Carbon County School District #2 Rec. Board. One grant is for maintenance supplies and upgrades for the Rec. Center. The other grant is for rides and activities for King Coal Days. The grant applications must be submitted to CCSD #2 by February 15, 2014.
There was discussion of a contract that was presented to Mayor Poulos by the Carbon County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) for Fire Protection services and Emergency Response. The Carbon County Fire Department and the BOCC had a contract drafted in which the Town of Hanna is expected to pay $12,000 per year for fire protection and emergency response. The contract states “the figure is based on the Town’s assessed valuation and a one mill levy generally allowed for fire districts.” The County agrees to provide services at no cost for the remainder of the fiscal year ending at 11:59 PM on June 30, 2014.
Negotiations for the sale of the Senior Center and Fire Department began with the previous Town administration and the previous members of the BOCC, along with the legalities of subdividing the property at the location of the Fire Department. In 2011, the Town of Hanna finalized the sale of the Senior Center and the Fire Department, including equipment, to Carbon County for a sum substantially lower than the appraised value. The understanding made with the previous members of the BOCC was that, in return for the significantly decreased purchase price, fire protection would be provided to the Town and its residents at no cost. The new BOCC has drafted the contract for the Town of Hanna to pay for fire protection and emergency response beginning July 1, 2014, stating they have no knowledge of any previous understanding at the time of the sale, as none of them were in office at that time.
The Hanna Town Council decided not to sign the contract until the Town Attorney has had an opportunity to investigate if all other municipalities within Carbon County are also being asked to sign a similar contract, as well as collecting other pertinent data.
The meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:30 PM.