Wilson Emergency Management Agency director Joey Cooper was first to present his department’s needs.
The two big items needed by WEMA were a new sprinkler system for its newest station and equipment for a new ambulance.
The new station was built in Norene and, according to Cooper, the builders did not install a sprinkler system, because they didn’t realize the building would be inspected by the state.
The committee approved Cooper’s request for $45,000 to install the sprinkler system.
Cooper also asked for equipment for a new ambulance. He said normally when WEMA gets a new ambulance, all of the equipment is taken off of the one of the old one when it’s put out of service.
Due to the new Norene station, however, the old ambulance is needed, so all the equipment for the new ambulance will need to be bought.
The committee approved a $70,000 request to buy new equipment for the ambulance.
Another other big addition discussed at the meeting was the need to fund the Empower Me Center in Wilson County.
The center will be the headquarters of Empower Me, a nonprofit organization dedicated to needs of individuals with disabilities.
The organization asked the committee for $300,000 to fund the center, which was approved.
“We’ve spent a lot of money here tonight,” said Commissioner Mike Justice, who chairs the Budget Committee. “I don’t plan on making that a habit.”
All of the approved requests will be forwarded to the Wilson County Commission for final approval.