House fire on Sixth Street

The result of a house fire on the 600 block of 6th Street, the first Hofmann tackled as chief. 

Code Enforcement Administrator Robert Hofmann was formally appointed as the new Fire Chief/Building Inspector for the City of Carrollton and the City Council meeting on Monday, May 9.

Hofmann previously was a Code Inspector, Code Administrator, and Code Enforcement Officer. He has prior firefighting experience with the Ghent Fire District and DOW Chemical. This follows the resignation of Mike Terrell as fire chief. Meanwhile, the city is in the process of hiring a new full-time building code officer.

Hofmann has already been serving in the position in the interim, dealing with two fires last week. One was a structure fire on Sixth Street of suspicious origin, and he called in Westside Fire Department and Ghent Fire Department to assist him as he was not sure who was available at the time. Councilman John Booth commended him on this decision.

The second fire was an attic fire in the apartments by H&R Block in downtown Carrollton. Fortunately, it was able to be kept under control, though there may be smoke damage. There is no visible damage to the outside of the building. Hofmann and another firefighter stayed downtown throughout the night to make sure there was no resurgence.

Hofmann’s vision of the fire department is to have all fire departments in the area working together. This goal was the main reason he took the job.

Additionally, City Council raised the stipend given to volunteer firefighters when they make a run or attend a training or meeting to $35 from $25. In comparison, Hofmann said that Ghent firefighters receive $45.

Councilman Jeff Dickow, who is an EMT, said at the close of the meeting, “It’s more than a position change, it’s a culture change, in my opinion.”

Other business

The new bathrooms at Point Park are expected to be finished by next week, in time for the Civil War Living History event.

The 2022-2023 fiscal year’s municipal aid fund contract was signed. It will be $87,311.39.

Council approved the city to enter into a contract with Vito’s Fireworks for the firework display for Fourth of July. The total cost is $20,000, but the county has agreed to pay $10,000. The city will cover the remaining $10,000, with $2,500 of that coming from tourism.

Bill Osborne was appointed to the Urban Forestry Commission to complete Jim Fothergill’s term ending Dec. 31, 2023. He was also appointed to the P.E.A.K. Board after the resignation of Mayor Dwight Louden. Osborne retired from Carrollton Utilities in December but has been cleared to return to the commissions by the retirement board.