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City Defining Qualifications To Serve On GVFD

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By Joe Foreman, Editor

The Glenwood City Council  is working on changes to its code of ordinances to better define qualifications for individuals who serve on the Glenwood Volunteer Fire Department.

Under legislation being considered by the council, all fire department members will be required to meet the following criteria:

- Be a U.S. citizen and Glenwood resident or live within three miles of the city limits;

- Be at least 18 years of age at the time of appointment;

- Have a current Iowa driver’s license;

- Be a high school graduate  with a diploma or possess an equivalency certificate approved by the Iowa State Department of Education;

- Be a person of sound moral character. Should the department be made aware of criminal activity, addictions or behavior which may reflect negatively on the department, the person will be subject to discharge;

- Be free from physical, emotional or mental condition, (as determined during a physical exam) which might adversely affect the performance of duties.

Under the ordinance, the council will appoint the city’s fire chief. The chief will elect other officers for the department. In the absence of the chief, the officer next in rank will exercise all powers of the chief.

The council is expected to vote on a final reading of the ordinance at its Dec. 3 meeting.

Other items on the agenda at the regular meeting Nov. 19.

l The city council has granted an extension for the demolition of the city’s old outdoor swimming pool.

Cory Leick, who purchased the property at Third and Elm Street from the city in August 2012 will have until May 31, 2014, to demolish the pool and remove the debris. A contract that will include a penalty clause should the pool not be demolished by May 31, is being drawn up by city attorney Matt Woods.

l City administrator Brian Kissel announced the resignation of council member Cheryl Evans, effective Nov. 13.