EQUIPMENT PURCHASED AND UPDATES
Town Government has made recent improvements with equipment purchases for the Town.
A used police cruiser was purchased from State Surplus.
A used truck was purchased for the water, sewage and street department to use as needed. Another brand new utility truck was purchased (March 2012) for the departments.
A scissor lift was acquired for hanging banners, flags and working in higher elevations. Training courses were provided free by Walker Machinery to several town employees, teaching safety in operation.
Two large utility buildings were constructed to house the purchased equipment.
A backhoe has been delivered for the water and sewage department to do "in house" repairs and maintenance instead of contracting these services.
A digital sign has been installed in conjunction with the Gilbert Convention and Visitors Bureau. This sign displays current information as well as being available for rent of birthdays and other announcements to the public. You can rent the sign for $10.00 per day.
New acrylic lettering was purchased for the front of Town Hall. A new roof has been installed over the entire building. The entire building has been painted inside. New windows have been installed as well as individual heating/cooling units in each room.
A computer lab has been installed for usage by the public. The Gilbert Volunteer Fire Department is proud to be able to offer this service to the community. Check with Town Hall for hours of operation. Visitors are welcome to use the lab for internet access.
Mayor Livingood wrote a grant for sidewalk construction and was awarded $200,000. The project went to bid in May, 2012. The town had to raise $40,000. toward this project. This was done with aid of Mingo County Commission $10,000., Delegate H.K. White $10,000., Senator H. Truman Chafin $10,000., and the town $10,000. The town council voted to name the new sidewalk The James H. Harless Sidewalk Project. Another grant will be sought for adding to the current project. A master plan has been developed for the entire town to be connected by sidewalks.
The second phase of the project has now been awarded (April 2014). Grant funding was awarded and the town will need $60,000. toward construction. This second phase will connect where phase I left off and continue past BB&T bank. This funding is available only for sidewalks and trails. It cannot fix potholes nor can it pave streets...only sidewalks or trails. If Gilbert doesn't go after the grants, other towns will.
A new side by side four wheeler has been purchased for usage of the water and sewage departments (March 2012). This machine is a utility vehicle and will also be utilized in picking up trash throughout the town. Currently the town hires two persons to keep the weeds cut and to periodically pick up trash from the roadways. The town also implemented the "Steve Ellis Clean-Up Day" each April. Volunteers go from one end of town to the other in memory of the great job Steve performed in keeping the town clean.