Luverne Rescue to get new parking garage

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 3, 2006

Luverne Rescue, which has moved to the corner of West 6th Street and Woodford Avenue, have contracted with J.L. Knotts, Inc. out of Montgomery to enclose a parking garage for the facility, according to Luverne Mayor Joe Rex Sport.

At Monday night's city council meeting, the mayor said that the Montgomery company was the only bid request received to build a 30 x 50 x 12 steel building for the rescue service. The cost will be $23,622.

City Engineer Morris Tate reported on the Downtown Revitalization Project and discussed how there will be parking spaces in front of the downtown businesses once the project is finished.

&#8220In fact,” Tate said, &#8220we should have more of a turning radius in the turning lanes along South Forest Avenue than we did before.”

Council Member Barbara Harrison said that the roof at the Luverne Police Department had been repaired, along with the water-damaged celetex tiles.

Mayor Sport reported that the city is in the process of taking the old metal off of the concession stands at E.L. Turner Field and replacing it with new metal.

&#8220There will also be new bleachers which will have rails around them,” he added.

Luverne Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief William Neal told the council that the LVFD had purchased most of the electronic items for their new brush truck, which is scheduled to go to Woodbury, Ga., sometime in late October for the installation of an electronics package. The installation cost will be $4,500, and it will be paid from the Capital Outlay Fund in the LVFD city budget.

Neal also reported that 96 percent of the fire hydrant caps within the city had been painted with a reflective yellow paint that can easily be seen at night.

Also, the LVFD conducted a fire extinguisher class for the Luverne High School health occupation students on Sept. 21. The cost of the fire extinguisher refills will be paid by the Crenshaw County Board of Education. Neal said that he expects this to be a regular event for the students in the future.

Neal also reported that owner Wesley Persons' SharpShooter Skating Arena had opened Sept. 15, but that the facility's architect had changed the building classification occupancy load and construction type. This allowed the building to be opened without fire alarms or a sprinkler system. The maximum occupancy load for the skating arena is now 270 people. If that number is exceeded, the building will then be required to have a sprinkler and fire alarm system installed.