When the Gong Rings
A Fire History of Charleston, Illinois

163.  FIRE LOG 1970       

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1970 HAS FEW BIG FIRES

 

         Firemen went to city council meeting to ask for $50 monthly pay raise. Captain Mel Taylor approached the council with a petition signed by Charleston firemen asking for the raise for firemen and officers. Commissioner Wayne Lanman told the group he favored the proposed raises. However, he pointed out the fire department's budget for 1969-70 was $87,000, of which $59.00 was provided through sales taxes and funds transferred from other sources. "The council is for all city employees getting more money," Mayor Max Cougill told the group. According to the mayor, pay increases for city employees have been raised 8% over the 1969-70 budget year. He said pay increases of 5% were granted to city employees Feb. 1, 1969, and another increase of 3% was approved by the council last June. The mayor then stated that incoming funds for the city would be lower because of a property tax break for senior citizens to go into effect. The council agreed to study the raises to see if they would be feasible. Melvin Taylor told the council he would be glad to discuss the matter at the fire station.

 

Fire at 25 South Division Street.  Taylor and McDivitt entering with hoses.  Note that men are not using air pacs.  These would become required in just a few short years.

SECOND GRADERS VISIT FIRE STATION

Mrs. Betty Elliot's class at the Buzzard Laboratory School toured the Charleston Fire Department during the morning of Oct. 29, 1970. Much of the city's fire-fighting equipment was demonstrated by the crew on duty (back row, from right), Russ Rogers, Capt. Mel Taylor, Dick Craig and Del McDivitt.

STANLEY PEARCY, LESLIE HICKENBOTTOM & MELVIN TAYLOR ATTEND 75TH ANNUAL FIREMEN'S ASSOC. CONVENTION

       The men traveled to Waukegan, Illinois for the annual convention. More than 250 firemen and their wives registered for the three day conference. The Lake County Firemen's Association and the Waukegan Fire Department co-sponsored the conference.

       This conference included a tour of the Great Lakes Naval Training Center. The conference was held at the Waukegan Inn.