In an open meeting early last month, the City Council left no ambiguity with Robert Jones, the fire chief of the McLendon-Chisholm Volunteer Fire Department [MCVFD], that we expected to renegotiate the 2018 contract– he expressed no objection, nor did he indicate having any reservations about meeting with us. (See “FAST FACTS About the MCVFD Contract”)
The City Council shared two fundamental expectations about a new contract:
- Those living in the unincorporated area of our fire district should contribute to the funding of the [MCVFD], starting on January 1, which is the traditional start date for the MCVFD contract term with the City. As expressed by me in the meeting, how we make this happen is open for discussion!
- The contract between the City and the MCVFD should outline the scope of service that the City can expect to receive as well as measurable standards of accountability, where currently there are none.
However, just days following that, the fire chief changed his mind and now refuses to negotiate any part of the contract’s terms! (See “FAST FACTS About the Fire Chief Playing Politics With Public Safety“)
Ensuring the public safety of our citizens is more than a priority for this City Council, it is a personal matter as we live here too. We are committed to doing whatever is necessary to work for a resolution that benefits all parties. While we cannot control Chief Jones’s actions (he’s neither a citizen nor an employee of the City), we will continue to work in good faith for a resolution. (See “FAST FACTS About M-C’s Extraordinary Funding for Fire Protection!“)