Thorold council notebook: additions to fire department, Station 1 and Clairmont Street safety
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Pickup addition to Thorold Fire Department

Last month, council approved Thorold Fire Department for a new pickup truck. Terry Dixon, Thorold fire chief, announced the one proposal that the department received for a new full-size half-ton crew-cab pickup truck. Blue Mountain Chrysler Ltd. in Collingwood was the lone bidder, with a 2019 truck priced at $30,936.

Once the department receives the truck, there’ll be additional costs of $8,220 to install lights, siren, radio, GPS, registration, decaling and tunnel cover. The truck will be used to haul equipment between stations and returning it from fire scenes.

It’ll be stationed with the training division, and the truck’s duties will also include off-road driving when needed for situations such as grass fires and winter safety driving.

Updates to Fire Station 1

There has been discussion in Thorold to replace the current Fire Station 1 location, but plans are still in the early phases. The current location for Fire Station 1 will need to remain in service until at least 2021.

For this reason, funding of $7,500 is needed to update the flooring in the washroom and lounge, and replace the current furniture.

Director of public works and community services Geoff Holman said that they would work toward factoring in the new station when purchasing the furniture, so they aren’t using funding for a two-year use.

Pedestrian safety for Clairmont Street

Niagara Regional Public Health and Prince of Wales Public School staff raised concerns regarding pedestrian safety at 17 Clairmont St. by the 7-Eleven convenience store/gas bar. The area is part of the city’s 10-year capital forecast, where reconstruction of Clairmont Street is included for 2020.

To solve the safety issues, temporary barriers will be put in place, costing approximately $10,000. Holman explained that Thorold currently does not have the type of barriers needed for the project and the new barriers would be included in future projects.

Funding for this will be charged to the Capital Asset Transportation Reserve account, as it was not included in the 2019 capital budget.

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