Community Pulse: Rehiring six firefighters

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Should the City Council accept $2.3 million in federal grant
money and rehire six firefighter positions for two years?
THIS WEEK’S WEB POLL:

Should the City Council accept $2.3 million in federal grant money and rehire six firefighter positions for two years?

Yes

8

No

3

■ No. We will be a bigger city in two years and betting on the economy to get better in order to continue funding these positions is not a responsible decision.

■ Yes. But only under the condition that the positions be temporary and

used exclusively to augment current overtime.

■ Yes. My greatest concern is what happens in two years.

■ I’m glad we’re getting it, but when the 2 years are up, if there are no further grant funds or sufficient city funds, these firefighters will be looking for jobs elsewhere.

■ Yes, but only if the union accepts the position that if the city cannot financially maintain the positions at the end of the two-year period, that they must go away.

■ Yes. As long as they have a solid retention plan for post-funding.

■ If the funding is directed at building or sustaining city services that otherwise would not be in place, then rehiring firefighters to further ensure the community’s safety is money well spent.

■ NO. Two-year, non-repeating federal funding will not fix the bigger retirement funding issues that GFD must solve.

■ Yes. After sitting in the City Council meeting it looks like a win-win situation for both.

■ Yes! Can’t see anything but good from this money. Go for it.

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