Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

May 22, 2013

Grayson City Council approves mobile command unit

By Joe Lewis - Staff Writer
Journal-Times

May 22, 2013 — Grayson City Council met in regular session last Tuesday to consider a proposal from its Emergency Management staff to create a mobile command post.

A 26-foot camper would be purchased and outfitted as a mobile command post by the police and fire departments.

The one-year-old camper carries a price of $11,025 and the Emergency Management Department has $5,900 remaining in its yearly budget that be used for that purpose.

Council unanimously approved the proposal and will explore how to share the remainder of the unit’s cost across the current budget.

Costs of outfitting the camper with the necessary communications equipment to turn it into a mobile command post will come from next year’s budget.

Council also discussed several options for fencing and illuminating the community basketball court near the youth baseball parks.

Solar-powered lights were considered but ultimately the Council empowered Mayor George Steele to contact American Electric Power (AEP) to obtain a cost estimate for placing new street lights by the court.

“I’d rather have the kids out there playing basketball at night than doing other things and getting into trouble,” said Council member Jack Harper.

The layout of the lights will be handled in such a way as to allow for an additional basketball court to be constructed should funds become available in the future.

In other business, Council also approved a measure to limit parking on Hord Street between Main and 2nd Street to two hours.

The next regular meeting of the Grayson City Council is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11, at City Hall.

Joe Lewis can be reached at jlewis@journal-times.com or by telephone at 286-4201.