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|Jury to help with fire truck|
In a special meeting Tuesday morning, the Franklin Parish Police Jury agreed to pay $16,000 for pump repairs to a parish-owned fire truck which is housed and staffed by the city of Winnsboro fire department. In the past, the city has shouldered the entire cost of maintenance and repairs for the truck.
Mayor Jack Hammons appeared before the jury and said in January the city paid about $10,000 for engine repairs to the same truck.
"I'm here to ask you for help with maintenance on a parish truck," Hammons said. "I know you are going to wonder why we can't pay for it out of the insurance rebate … but it doesn't go very far."
Hammons told jury members that this fire truck covers a seven-mile radius and is designated for fires out of the city limits, in the parish.
"We maintain a 24-hour department and dispatch (the truck) to the entire parish," Hammons said.
A second truck owned by the city of Winnsboro is reserved for in-town fires.
Juror Ray Young said if the truck is used exclusively for fires in the parish, "We have an obligation to maintain it."
Young added that having the city's professional firefighters responding immediately is a benefit to the citizens of the parish.
Jury members attending voted unanimously to pay for repairs to the truck, and to continue to cover large maintenance expenses on a case-by-case basis.
Jurors present were president Harvey Ray Guimbellot, Jackie Johnson, Young, Ricky Campbell and Troy Hendry.