Athens Review, Athens, Texas

December 13, 2013

Brownsboro approves lease, NIMS ordinance

Chad Wilson
The Athens Review

BROWNSBORO — Brownsboro city leaders approved a lease agreement with Thomas Robertson for use of a dump truck on an as-needed basis while re-adopting NIMS ordinance No. 2007-004 during the regularly scheduled city council meeting Thursday.

Robertson, the city’s police chief, recently purchased a dump truck for private use and offered to lease it to the city on an as-needed basis.

After checking with the city’s attorney, the council voted to lease the truck for $50 a day as needed.

Utilities Superintendent Gary Arnold said other companies lease trucks for $75 or more a day but Robertson was willing to work with the city on a price-point fair to both parties.

All drivers of the truck will be insured under insurance carried by Robertson.

The National Incident Management Systems ordinance was originally adopted by the city in March 2004. It must be re-adopted with each mayoral election cycle.

“Basically what it is, it says we follow Henderson County,” Robertson said. “This is something that was adopted by FEMA and the government after Katrina. They require every city, county and state government to adopt this if they want federal grant funding when it comes to catastrophes.”

The president issued Homeland Security Presidential Directive 5 on Feb. 28, 2003 that directed the Department of Homeland Security, in cooperation with representatives of federal, state and local government, to develop a National Incident Management System to provide a consistent approach to the effective management of situations involving natural disasters, man-made disasters or terrorism.

The NIMS contains a practice model for the accomplishment of the significant responsibilities associated with prevention, preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation of all major and national hazards situations.

During the staff reports section of the meeting, Mayor Terry Mills informed the council that he continues to look into various methods to improve the city streets. He said he hopes to present something to the council early in the new year.

Councilmen Glen Vest thanked city secretary Sonyia Foster for her efforts to decorating the city for Christmas.

Foster used city funds to purchase 14 lighted wreaths that are on display across the city on Highway 31.

Attached to utility poles, the wreaths were purchased by a private individual from the City of Whitehouse.

That individual approached Foster with the idea of using them for the city.

The wreaths normally cost $400 each, Vest said. The city purchased them for $35 each.