A special called meeting with magistrates and all rural fire departments is being held Tuesday, March 11 at 6 p.m. at the historic Logan County Courthouse. The meeting is to discuss many issues involving the departments, the biggest is whether or not to place the departments’ fire dues on the county’s property tax bills. No decisions are to be made at this meeting, only discussion is to be held. This meeting will be open to the public.
Another issue to be discussed involves where substations should go in the county to better protect the public, as well as offer insurance savings.
“We can discuss what areas would be feasible to put substations, instead of putting them where there is no rhyme and reason,” said magistrate Joe Orange. “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”
The fiscal court felt it would be beneficial to bring everyone together in one meeting to answer questions departments may have. It is the goal that all rural fire departments attend the meeting including: Auburn, Adairville, Lewisburg, Olmstead and Russellville.
A meeting date was selected to accommodate all departments, but it was noted during the scheduling, that this meeting is only to hear from the departments and discuss the issues brought up, not to make official decisions.
The court wanted the firefighters to have the opportunity to talk about what concerns their departments have, and what would help make them better.
The Logan County Fiscal Court allocates $30,000 to each rural department in the county. These funds are used for the day-to-day operations of the department, as well as equipment and maintenance costs. The firefighters do not get paid, and are on a volunteer basis donating their time to help others.
Also expected at the meeting will be a representative from the Logan County Sheriff’s Department, Logan County Clerk Scotty Harper, Ben Brown from the Property Valuation Administrators (PVA) office and Ginger Lawrence from the Emergency Communications Center (ECC/911).