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Hardeeville City Council revised a proposed Jasper County Council rural fire district contract proposal during its recent workshop and awaits a response from the county concerning the terms.
Following an extended workshop to discuss the county’s Feb. 27 proposal to the city, Hardeeville City Council on March 7 made its own revisions to the contract and unanimously agreed to have City Manager Michael Czymbor send the revisions to the county.
“We are going to officially notify the county we are going to have three conversations; one will be to discuss an agreement to a contract on the rural district, then we could come back to them at a later date in terms of the memorandum of understanding for mutual aid and a memorandum of understanding for housing the EMS units,” Hardeeville Mayor Harry Williams said during the workshop. “They will be handled separately.”
Jasper County Administrator Andy Fulghum said Friday he received the new proposal and had distributed it to each county council member. County council’s next scheduled meeting is March 18 and staff will take direction from council at that time, he said.
One of the main revisions is the cost of the year of service from $205,000 per year to $210,000, a figure that had not changed in five years. The change was suggested because of the change in recent years in the consumer price index (CPI). The city also asks that the new proposal be for one year (instead of the county’s proposal of up to three years), which would be renewable under the city’s terms.
Williams said a separate workshop to discuss the mutual aid and housing portions of the agreement would be held March 21, city council’s next regularly scheduled meeting.
“We will have the revised contract beforehand to study it so we will have a chance to digest it,” Williams said. “Then, we will have a workshop on the other two issues at that time as well.”
County Council OKs 3rd reading for $1.2 million fire protection
Jasper County officially moved forward with its plans for more fire protection in some areas.
Council approved final reading during its March 4 meeting to approve amending the 2018-19 budget to add $1,208,000 for firefighting equipment and property (on Mead Road in Hardeeville). The money will be for a building and land purchase, fire preparedness equipment, fire pumpers, furniture and equipment.
Before the unanimous vote was taken, councilman Henry Etheridge, addressed council to explain it had not yet heard from the city of Hardeeville on its latest proposal, which the city discussed three days later.
“I want to make sure that notwithstanding this budget amendment, we are still awaiting a response from the City of Hardeeville on the contract proposal sent to them last week,” Etheridge said.
Last November, Jasper County Council voted to build two fire stations (on Stiney and Mead roads) to serve residents in the Hardeeville Rural Fire District and the unincorporated Cherry Point Fire Districts. Since 2005, services had been provided by contract with the city of Hardeeville Fire Department. The contract is set to end June 30 and the new fire protection was expected to begin July 1.