Fort Wayne City Utilities wants to work with neighborhoods to paint neighborhoods' hydrants yellow.
The department said neighborhood associations in and around Fort Wayne can earn money this summer by painting fire hydrants within their neighborhoods. City Utilities said it will provide the paint and the necessary tools, and will pay neighborhood associations $5.00 for each hydrant painted within their addition.
The reason the department wants to have the work done is to help increase the hydrants' visibility. Keeping them brightly painted helps the Fire Department spot them when approaching a fire scene. This is especially helpful in times of low visibility such as rainy or snowy weather. By having neighborhood associations do the painting, the department said it frees up City Utilities workers focus on fixing and maintaining water lines and providing other services to customers.
Before getting out your paint brush, there are some things you should know. Associations wanting to participate in the program should contact City Utilities before painting any hydrants. City Utilities will coordinate with the association's representative to provide “hydrant yellow” paint and wire brushes needed to prepare the hydrant surface for painting. Neighborhoods will need to supply their own paint brushes.
When the painting project is finished, the department said the association should submit a list of the hydrants within their addition that have been painted. City Utilities will pay the association $5.00 for each hydrant. A check from City Utilities will be made payable to a neighborhood association, not an individual. Associations can only participate in the program once in a five-year period.
The program runs through the end of September. Interested associations should call 311 to participate.