HAZARD — The Hazard City Commission met Monday night to discuss the year-end reports for the Hazard city police and fire department, as well as to pass a resolution to modify a loan from Peoples Bank & Trust Company of Hazard.
Hazard Fire Chief Sam Stacy presented the final report for the month of January before presenting the year-end report for 2012.
For the month of January, Stacy said the department responded to 50 calls, 32 of those being actual fires. Besides calls, the department was also involved in other activities in the county, like removing trees from blocked roadways, hanging banners, and washing off the fishing pier after high water left it dirty.
According to the report, the fire departments of Perry County used 105,000 gallons of water in January, and the Hazard fire department logged 321 hours of training.
For 2012, the department responded to 571 runs, or calls, 68 of which were actual fires. Stacy said this number has been decreasing since 2005, when the total number of calls was 795, of which 125 were actual fires. The total run volume for the fire department was down by 10 percent compared to the previous year. Stacy attributed this to efforts made by the department to educate people in the county.
“This is something we like to brag on, because every time we’re out somebody’s losing something. So, we like to get that as low as possible,” Stacy said. “Since 2005, we’ve done the fire education classes through all the schools, and we’ve also put in over 2,000 smoke detectors. We think that has got a lot to do with it.”
The average response time on all fire calls for the department was three minutes and the average response time for EMS calls was four minutes for the year, something Stacy said was amazing.
“In the United States that’s unheard of. There’s no fire department around that’s got a response time that low. And we’re really proud of that fact,” Stacy said.
The department logged 3,623 total hours of training in 2012.
The department had a new project proposal for 2013. Refurbishments need to be finished on the 1999 Pierce Pumper, which would cost around $50,000; a replacement pumper would cost the city upwards of $200,000. The 1979 ladder truck failed both the ladder and pump test this year. While the department is trying to remedy the pump problem now, Stacy said the truck needs to be replaced.
“It’s hard to fix a 1979 model fire truck,” he said.
Hazard Police Chief Minor Allen presented the monthly report for January of this year, and then followed with the year-end report for 2012.
For the month of January, the city police had 31 total cases, 21 felonies and 10 misdemeanors. The department recorded $38,647.87 in stolen property values, but only $407.87 has been retrieved so far. Allen said this was because some cases were still open, and some arrests were still being made.
In the county for January there were 32 traffic accidents, only five of those resulting in injury. Allen attributed much of this to traffic control changes in the area, like the closing of the left turn lane to go down Crawford Mountain.
In 2012, Allen said Hazard police received a total of 17,352 calls, and the total number of citations issued for individual charges was 5,252. There were a total of 702 collisions, only one of those being fatal.
The grand total for stolen property values for 2012 was $264,529.53, and $130,024.98 was recovered.
Allen said there were two personnel resignations in 2012, four personnel hires and two transfers from dispatch. Patrolman B.J. Caudill received Officer of the Year in 2012 from the department, as well as a meritorious award. Three patrolmen successfully completed and graduated from the Department of Criminal Justice training in 2012. Major James East and Lieutenant Paul Campbell completed accident reconstructionist training, and Detective Sergeant Adam Baker graduated from the Kentucky Criminalistics Academy, an invitation-only academy.
In other business, the commissioners also approved modifications to a loan agreement the city has with Peoples Bank. The original loan was taken out in 1997 for the amount of $750,000. The modifications, which took effect Feb. 15, to the loan agreement include reducing the interest rate from 6.75 percent to 4.75 percent, and cutting the monthly payment of principal and interest to $3,000.
The Public Improvements Corporation also met Monday night, after the city commission meeting.
The corporation also voted on the Peoples Bank loan due to the fact that it was the executor of the changes to the loan agreement.
The corporation also approved a resolution to continue their contract with Jetta Operating Appalachia, LLC, its current natural gas provider, for another year.