Lazarus said he approached
Lazarus said from here the plan is figuring out how much this endeavor might cost county taxpayers and to engage residents to see if expanding the fire department would be something they even want.
"The public has to buy into it," Lazarus said. "I like public hearings. I like having the input and knowing where everyone is at.
"I think this will be something good for the community. But if the community does not want it, then I will not endorse it."
While he could not project how much, Lazarus said a millage increase for county residents would likely be involved. City residents would not likely have to pay any additional taxes due to the change, Grennell said.
Lazarus said an initial bump would occur in building two fire stations -- one on the north end of the county, and one on the south.
Other potential funding questions include equipment and fire trucks, Lazarus said.
To have the city make runs into the county, Lazarus said taxpayers are paying approximately
Lazarus said insurance bills would go down with the fire rating. City residents currently have a rating of five, while many in the county have a rating of 10, which is the worst rating the state gives.
Carter said he felt like people would go along with it because they are getting a tangible benefit as well as a potential life-saving device.
The county is at least a year from making any changes, Lazarus said. Public hearings, negotiation with city officials, meetings with water associations to make sure they are willing to enhance water lines and studies for where the fire stations would potentially go are amongst the next steps, he said.
Grennell, who was not present at Monday's supervisors' meeting, said he is happy to work with the county, and he also said expanding the fire department could also mean insurance savings for residents in the city because fire ratings could go down.
"With this type of endeavor, you will see substantial improvements," Grennell said. "It is a win-win for everybody.
"I think this will have a tremendous impact on people outside the city limits, especially people in the extreme rural areas. To have a manned station on both ends of the county, I think would be wonderful."
Smith said the volunteer force would not go away with this potential agreement.
"The volunteers work very hard at what they do," Smith said. "They don't ask for pay. They just want to help people. We don't want to get away from the volunteers."
In other news:
-Supervisors took under advisement three bids for an Emergency Watershed Protection project on
The lowest bid was from
The Oakridge project was voted for rebid in September after Midway's lone bid of
The board of supervisors' attorney
-The adult drug court budget was revised to
The drug court program is designed to provide an alternative to costly incarceration for those convicted of drug crimes by helping participants get off drugs into and employment.
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