Council denies EMA request for a building

Pulaski County Council members were not too open about the ideas of the emergency management agency (EMA) purchasing a new vehicle and a new building at a regular council meeting on Monday. 
EMA director Sheri Gaillard approached the council with her two requests after she was given permission from the commissioners to pursue the purchases. 
Gaillard gave several reasons as to why the agency needs a vehicle. Those reasons included her personal insurance not covering any damage to her vehicle while working and having a vehicle that can haul various equipment. She said the vehicle could also be stocked with emergency equipment such as flashlights and tools. The vehicle will also need to be equipped with emergency lights.   
There was a question as to where the funding for the vehicle would come from. Commissioner Larry Brady said the funding will come from the Local Option Income Tax (LOIT) fund. Money would also come from the EMA overtime fund. 
A motion was made to allow Gaillard to purchase a new vehicle. The motion was opposed with a three to four vote. 
The council was then given a proposal of a building that could be used for the EMA department. Gaillard said the idea of moving into the building is to better secure her equipment and supplies. Currently the equipment and supplies are at several different locations including the courthouse, annex building and sheriff’s office. 
Councilwoman Linda Powers asked where the funding to purchase the building would come from. Brady again said it could come from the LOIT funds. 
“I’m concerned about putting all this kind of money into this stuff when we have buildings now that we can’t take care of,” councilman Tom Roth said. “It seems to me that we ought to be able to make some room out at the garage or the annex or someplace and utilize what we got.” 
The idea of a new EMA building was tabled.  
A motion was later made to advertise an additional appropriation of $16,500 to allow Gaillard to purchase a used truck. 

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