Mayor Lioneld Jordan recognized battalion chief and shift commander Kyle Curry for his service as interim fire chief at the City Council meeting Tuesday night.
Curry served as interim chief for three months before David Dayringer was hired to fill the position in January.
Jordan presented Curry with a gold trumpet for his service.
“At a time when we needed some stability at the Fayetteville Fire Department, Kyle stepped in as the interim chief,” Jordan said. “I hope in the future you get more than this trumpet. I hope you become the future fire chief of the City of Fayetteville.”
In a short meeting, the council voted unanimously to approve an in-kind match of a National Endowment of the Arts grant for a project in partnership with the University of Arkansas, and to seek stimulus funds to run fiber optic cable lines to connect city hall with some of the more remote city service locations.
The council also voted to approve a budget adjustment to recognize a $25,000 donation from Katheryn Stout to the Fayetteville Fire department. Chief Dayringer said the money will go to replace outdated automatic defibrillator machines, and to purchase an install an extractor machine designed to remove contaminants from the fire fighters protective clothing.
Finally, the city approved a $55,000 settlement with citizens Aaron and Trisha Watson in association with the condemnation of a portion of their property due to the expansion of Mount Comfort Rd.