Piedmont Fire Dept. readies ladder truck

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By Stan Welch

The Piedmont Public Service Commission met briefly Monday night, quickly running through the various department reports before adjourning. At their meeting held in June, Commissioners dealt with the district’s financial matters.

Prior to giving unanimous third reading approval to the 2016-2017 budget, the Commission voted to fully fund the cost associated with the post employment benefits the district provides. Each year, the commission has to decide the extent to which they will fund the program.

This year, those costs came to $67,055. In order to offset the increase from the previous year, Commissioner Al McAbee offered an amendment decreasing several other budget items to the total tune of $2750.

A ladder truck that was recently obtained from the City of Greenville Fire Department is currently being repainted and will be in service later this fall. The truck will give the department an improved vertical capability.

The filing period to run for the Commission closed Monday, and no one filed to challenge Commissioners Lib Pack or Rudy Rhodes for their seats.

The next Commission meeting is scheduled for September 19 and is open to the public.