Benton City Council holds town hall meeting on need for ladder truck
Benton City Council met Tuesday, July 26.
Here are the minutes as provided by Benton:
Town Hall Meeting Minutes — July 26, 2016
Minutes of the Benton City Council Town Hall meeting on Tuesday July 26, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Benton City Hall located at 500 West Main, Benton, Illinois.
Mayor Kondritz welcomed everyone. Those in attendance were Mayor Kondritz, Commissioner Miller, Commissioner Storey, Commissioner Wyant, City Attorney Tom Malkovich, City Clerk Brook Craig, Police Chief Kyle Melvin, and Fire Chief Shane Cockrum as well as a number of citizens and business owners.
Commissioner Storey introduced Police Chief Kyle Melvin and asked him to discuss the need for a new police department. Chief Melvin asked if anyone had any questions. None were asked at this time.
Commissioner Storey introduced Fire Chief Shane Cockrum and asked him to discuss the need for a new ladder truck. Chief Cockrum asked if anyone had any questions. None were asked at this time.
West Frankfort Illinois Fire Chief Jody Allen and DuQuoin Illinois Fire Chief Bob Shaw spoke on why they believed the city of Benton needed to purchase a ladder truck. community members including business owners, a hospital representative, and citizens spoke on their reasons they believe we need a new ladder truck.
Commissioner Dennis Miller stated that he does not disagree that the city of Benton needs a new ladder truck, but is concerned where the finances to support a $625,000.00 purchase at this time would come from. Commissioner Miller asked the public audience if they would support a tax increase or possibly eliminating programs such as the free recycling in order to fund the fire truck.
Mayor Kondritz thanked everyone for their time.