Paperwork on a second military surplus generator has cleared, and the Yatesville Volunteer Fire Department now owns two emergency generators. The council heard about the purchase of one of the generators last month, but the purchase of the second one was withheld from comment until the paperwork on it went through.
Mayor Moncrief noted at the August 10 city council meeting that both generators have been started and do work. He said the military requires the city to paint over any military markings on the generators within six months of purchase, and that the Yatesville Fire Department will have control of the generators.
“We were talking about putting one over at the firehouse,” Moncrief said. “These came through the Forestry Commission for the fire department, so they actually belong to the Yatesville Volunteer Fire Department.
“They will power the firehouse, the siren and the well pump, because all of them go through the same circuitry system and are hooked up to the same meter base. But we’ve got to get the generator set up there, and they said we can permanently mount it. We’ll probably build a little building around it and put a heater in there to keep the diesel fuel warm. It would be bad for it to be extremely cold and the generator not run. I think it has a glow plug, but we probably still need to put a shed on it.
“It has a 91-gallon fuel tank, and I don’t think you’ll ever have to worry about running the thing out of fuel.,” he noted.
Council member Shane Moore added they were told that with a full tank, that the generator could run four or five days, 24 hours a day, before it ran out of fuel.
Moncrief suggested they test each generator once a week to make sure they are still running.
Council member Phyl Gatlin asked if, in case of a severe weather emergency similar to one they had last year, where power to the area was out during a cold snap, if one of the generators could be brought to the senior center to power it and give people a place to go.
Moncrief said that was a possibility.
“Yes, they could. That was one of the key factors that we were talking about – we have a firehouse. You’ll have electricity and water and restroom facilities, which you have here, but yes, one of them could be pulled over,” he said. ”We will need to get a transfer switch to switch from electricity to the generator, but yes, that is a possibility.”
In other business, the softball field in Yatesville will soon be back in shape with new dirt filling in some washed out area. Mayor Cecil Moncrief told the City Council at their August meeting that Yatesville is next in line for ballfield repair work by the Upson County Recreation Department.
“I talked to Mindy last week,” the mayor said, referring to Recreation Department Director Mindy Daniel. “They have the machinery down in Salem right now, and when they finish it, they’re coming here. They already have the dirt ordered and they’re just waiting to finish up down there. She said it is liable to be two or three weeks, and that was a week ago. The rain may put them back a little bit, but she’ll call me before she comes over here.”
Council member Wanda Dozier had brought up the condition of the softball field in July, stating that parts of it had been washed out and estimating that it would take two truckloads of dirt to fill in. The city has an agreement with the Recreation Department for upkeep of the field.
Mayor Moncrief said Daniel also inquired about the adjacent baseball field.
“She also asked about the baseball field, did we want to take all the grass off of it. I told her to just do the baselines on it. Redo them and just let that go, and make sure the softball field is fixed back up.”
Dozier agreed, stating they’ve always had one dirt and one grass field.
The city council is looking into purchasing a permanent memorial marker for the field where the city holds its twice-a-year Veterans Memorial. Yatesville began its Veterans Memorial last year. The city collected the names of deceased veterans who lived or were connected with Yatesville. They put the names and the conflicts they served in on white wooden crosses with American flags on top. At the first service on Veterans Day 2014, the city had 53 crosses. At their Memorial Day service in May, they had 93 crosses, and they continue to take applications for more crosses. The flags are set out for two weeks around each commemoration in a city field on Highway 74. The permanent marker would be placed in that field, preserving it for the Veterans Memorial.
Mayor Moncrief stated they have received two proposals on markers.
“Crystal Hill Monument presented two examples,” he said. “The only difference is in the military emblems. One is all five straight across and the other has them up and down. Prices on them are $1,898 for the straight top, and $2,175 for the other, or $2,450 if you put them on both sides.
“I also have one here from Barnesville Monument Company. On the stone would be the American flag and the military emblems with our wording. We can change this if we need to. With the base and complete installation, it would be $2,550.”
Following discussion by the council, Moncrief suggested they take the drawings and work on them and bring their suggestions back to the September meeting. They are hoping to have the marker in place for their November 11, 2015 Veterans Day service.
Larry Stanford may be reached at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @LarryStanford7.