Officials eye new fire chief

GLOVERSVILLE – Mayor Dayton King said Tuesday he will work with the Common Council to appoint a fire chief as soon as possible.

“We won’t rush into a decision. We’re going to get it right, work together and appoint a fire chief soon, I hope,” King said at the council meeting.

Previously, King announced he nominated one of the city’s battalion chiefs to be the next fire chief. King said he was considering battalion chiefs Tom Groff and David Rackmyre for the position, but he would not say which person he nominated.

However, 2nd Ward Councilman Art Simonds previously said the mayor is nominating Groff.

The council will eventually review the mayor’s choice and decide whether to give approval. King previously said he sent an email to the city council members indicating his choice.

The Fire Department has been without a fire chief since the end of June, when former Fire Chief Beth Whitman-Putnam retired after 27 years of service. Whitman-Putnam earned $87,500 in 2013.

In other news:

A business was awarded the 2014 lawn maintenance contract at Tuesday’s Common Council meeting.

According to the resolution, General Services/M.R. Parillo D.B.A., of Hagaman, was determined to be the lowest qualified bidder at $19,035.

Kevin Jones, Director of Public Works, said he hopes the business will start within the next couple of days. The contract goes to the end of mowing season in the fall, he said.

The independent contractor will perform property maintenance on county-owned properties and lawn-mowing abatements on properties cited for violations.

Jones said construction on the Hill Street Bridge project has started. He expects the bridge to be demolished by the end of the week. The current schedule has the bridge reopen by mid-November, he said.

The council appointed Jones to be the equitable business officer for the Hill Street Bridge construction project. An EBO makes sure the contract manager is meeting goals and handles paperwork for the project, Jones previously said.

The city will start soliciting bids for the purchase of a new all-wheel-drive plow truck and a new ten-wheel refuse packer truck.

Bids for the new all-wheel-drive truck need to be submitted by 10 a.m. Aug. 6 at the City Clerk’s office. All bids will be publicly opened that day and read aloud by the city clerk, director of public works and commissioner of finance at 10:05 a.m.

Bids for the new ten-wheel refuse packer truck need to submitted by 11 a.m. Aug. 6 at the City Clerk’s office. All bids also will be publicly opened that day and read aloud at 11:05 a.m.