To help sell the public on the need for a ladder truck, the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department has called for a meeting with the public to discuss the issue.
Fire Chief Charlie Parker made the request during Monday night's city council meeting. Parker said the city needs a ladder truck, still some people have misconceptions about the proposal.
The aldermen have set the meeting for Tuesday, March 13 at 7:00 p.m. at city hall. Anyone both for or against the city purchasing a ladder truck or those with questions or concerns are urged to attend.
Last year, the city applied for a FEMA grant to help fund the purchase of a ladder truck, but the grant was not approved. Members of the fire department would like the city to include funding for the truck, possibly in the new city budget this summer.