Robertsdale FD to donate gear for education


ROBERTSDALE, Alabama — Thanks to a unanimous vote of the Robertsdale City Council at its meeting on Monday, May 20, the Robertsdale Volunteer Fire Department will be donating some of its equipment to help educate students.

The council introduced new fire chief Nick Moore during the council meeting and voted to surplus miscellaneous equipment for the fire department, with plans to replace it with new equipment, including:

•10 sets of turnout gear.

•Five SCBAs (self-contained breathing apparatus).

•Five SCBA bottles.

At the same time, the council voted to allow the fire department to donate the gear to the South Baldwin Center for Technology’s Fire Science Program.

Included in the information packet provided for the meeting was a request by SBCT Fire Science Program instructor Melvin Stringfellow.

“Here at South Baldwin Center for Technology we have benefitted from RFD generosity,” he said. “The donations of used PPE and SCBAs have helped sustain the Fire Science Program.”

In other business May 20, the council voted to amend the city’s zoning ordinance to rezone property located at Alabama 59 and County Road 54 from I-1 (industrial) to B-2, general business.

City engineer Greg Smith told council members that the property was probably zoned I-1 because of its close proximity to the city’s Industrial Park and by rezoning it to B-2, it would be more in line with other properties in the area.

The rezoning request was recommended for approval by the city’s Planning Commission.

Also on May 20, the council:

•Approved a request to hold the annual Tenley Tough 5K in October. No official date has been set for the event.

•Approved a request to use the city’s digital billboard to advertise the annual Memorial Day Flag Relay. The event was scheduled to run Monday, May 27 from Daphne, along U.S. 90 to Loxley and along Alabama 59 from Loxley through Robertsdale to Foley. A second flag relay would run from Foley to Orange Beach. Participants will be taking donations for the event with proceeds to benefit the Alabama State Veterans Cemetery in Spanish Fort.

•Approved the purchase of an advertisement in Gulf Coast Media’s Big Beautiful Baldwin Magazine at a cost of $665.

•Approved the surplus of a garbage truck for the city’s Utilities Department.

•Approved a loan proposal with Citizens’ Bank in the amount of $180,967 for the purchase of a new garbage truck for the city.

•Approve utility write-offs for the city.

•Approved a request to give city employees Friday, July 5 off along with the Independence Day holiday.