Lyford gets a generator to power command center

LYFORD — For more than a year, officials have planned the city’s first emergency management command center.

“We want to better protect ourselves,” Mayor Henry De La Paz said yesterday.

Now, a new generator will help power the command center at City Hall.

City commissioners have approved the purchase of the $30,370 generator and its $6,000 installation.

The city will fund the purchase and installation through its $746,000 general fund and grant money, officials said.

The generator will power the city’s command center at City Hall during emergencies such as hurricanes.

“That way we can have confident communications,” De La Paz said.

Police Chief Andres Maldonado serves as the city’s emergency management coordinator.

The generator is expected to be installed in about 30 days, De La Paz said.