When freezing temperatures visited Upson County for several days in January 2014, downed power lines in Yatesville caused water system problems for the city’s residents. Without power, the city’s water pumps were unable to pump water from the city’s wells into the lines for residents. Luckily, power crews were able to reestablish power within a relatively short time and the water pumps went back into action.
Later on during the year, Upson County Emergency Management Agency Director Martha Anne McCrary stated she would be applying for a grant to purchase an emergency generator for the City of Yatesville’s water department.
That grant is still up in the air, but when an opportunity arose for the City of Yatesville Fire Department to purchase a military surplus generator, they took it. Several city leaders, including Mayor Cecil Moncrief, City Council member Shane Moore, and Fire Chief Billy Lee, traveled 10 hours to Ft. Polk, Louisiana last week to purchase a military surplus generator for $100. It now sits at the fire department.
“Billy and I went over yesterday and got it started,” Moore said at the City Council meeting on July 13. Mayor Moncrief was absent.
“it is a 100kw generator. It should be big enough to run what we need to run,” Moore added. “We could run the entire well system, fire station, city hall, anything we need to run in the city.”
Council member Ronnie Riggins noted that the city still needs to get the water department’s transfer switch operational so they could switch to the generator if needed.
“We’ve got the transfer switch over there and they’ve done some preiliminary stuff, but they were waiting on a generator to see what it was that would need to be done,” Riggins said. “But at least we are one step closer – we’ve got the generator now.”
Council member Phyl Gatlin thanked everyone involved for their efforts.
“That’s wonderful. Thank you so much for going and doing that. That’s a big trip on a weekend when you want to be home with your family.”
The Thomaston Times checked with UCEMA Director McCrary last week, and she said the grant for the Yatesville generator is still in the system. She added that if the grant is approved, then Yatesville will still receive a new generator and will have two available for use.
In other business at the council meeting, Council member Wanda Dozier stated dirt is needed at the city softball lfield because rain has washed some of the dirt out. She estimated they will need at least two truckloads of dirt to fill in the washed out areas.
Moore said he thought the city used to have an agreement with the Upson County Recreation Department for keeping the field up.
Dozier said they used to have an agreement, but doesn’t know if it is still in effect.
“I talked to Cecil (Moncrief) this morning, and he said he would mention it again to the Rec. Department, and if they say they can’t handle it, we’ll have to do something,” Dozier said. “if we keep letting it go, it is going to get a lot worse. It will need more dirt and more attention to get it back into place.
“They had promised they would come out and do something as soon as the field got dry again. Well, it is dry now.”
Larry Stanford may be reached at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @LarryStanford7.