The purchase of a new four-wheel drive Ford F150 pickup for the Philadelphia Fire Department was approved by the Board of Aldermen last week, to replace an older model which was wrecked while responding to an accident in the snow on Jan. 28.

Fire Chief Pierce Clark told aldermen that the battalion chiefs' 2003 Chevrolet SWB pickup would cost $4,939.70 to repair. It's trade-in value totaled $4,500, he said.

Clark recommended that the truck be salvaged, noting that it had 107,000 miles on it.

He said the new truck could be purchased on state contract for $26,096.

"We gotta have a truck," Clark said. "We wanted to buy turn-out gear but we need a truck."

Clark said the truck would be purchased with fire insurance rebate money from the state.

"We have $24,000 in there. It has to go for equipment," he said.

He said the remainder of the money would come from his capital outlay budget.

"You've got to have a vehicle even if you have to get a couple thousand out of capital outlay," Ward 4 Alderman Cecil Nichols said.

Ward 2 Alderman Jim Fulton questioned the need for a four-wheel drive vehicle.

Clark said it would only be an additional $2,000 and noted that it would be useful during inclement weather and at other times.

The fire department will receive an additional $38,000 in rebate money in June, he said.

That money will be used to purchase new turnout gear, Clark said.

Aldermen voted unanimously to salvage the 2003 Chevrolet truck and purchase the new Ford F150.

In other action, aldermen:

• Paid the claims.

• Accepted Larry Smith's retirement from the police department.

• Amended the Police Department's capital outlay by $935 for a one time rebate for 2014 City of Philadelphia police calendars from Hometown Publishers.

• Approved a road bore along/across Valley View Drive and along/across Kosciusko Road.

• Set a hearing date of March 4 for a variance to allow a mobile home to be placed at 273 Adkins St.

• Set a hearing date of March 4 for a rezoning request from Residential-1 to Commerical-2 for property located at 1002 north Pecan for a Cheer Etc.

• Approved for the City Clerk to attend a mandatory Archives and History grant workshop meeting on Feb. 21 and pay travel expenses.

• Approved a $29,759.06 claim from Anderson Contracting for work performed on the Stream Bank Stabilization Project.

• Approved a resolution for a DUI grant.

• Approved a resolution for a seatbelt grant.

• Approved a resolution to as the legislature to repeal Bill No. 3100, which allows ad valorem tax breaks to federally subsidized Section 42 Housing.

• Allowed the fire chief to attend a heavy equipment rigging specialist course at The Guardians Centers of Georgia located in Perry, Ga. Feb. 24-27. The cost of lodging is $94.00 per night. Lodging, fuel expense and per diem will be fully reimbursed by the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security.

• Took no action following a short executive session to discuss a personnel matter in the police department.