WATERTOWN — The Town Council, meeting Monday, November 15, set 6:30 p.m. Monday, December 6 at the Town Hall council chambers for a town meeting where voters will consider the appropriation of $575,000 of the American Rescue Plan Act Funds for the purchase of self-contained breath apparatus for the Watertown Fire Department.

According to information presented to the council, the SCBAs are used daily by the firefighters to enter hazardous environments including smoke, fire, chemicals, and even COVID-19 or other airborne pathogens.

The fire department wants to replace its current SCBA because current units are more than 17 years old; the lifespan is 15 years.

In its packet to the board, the department expressed concerns about locating parts for the old units and incompatibility if all SCBA units are not replaced at the same time.

The National Fire Protection Association requires each riding position, on each fire apparatus, be equipped with one SCBA and one spare air cylinder.

The funds would allow the purchase of the units, spares, facepieces, and emergency Rapid Intervention Team packs.

In other business, the council unanimously approved a bid waiver for $31.62 per ton for the purchase of treated salt from Morton Salt.

The council also authorized the appropriation of $3,604.48 received in grants and applied it to police overtime reimbursement for DUI, littering, speeding and cell phone enforcement.

The finance department received $477.50 as a portion of certain infractions for littering, speeding, and using a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle.

The balance of $3,126.98 relates to DUI enforcement. 

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