City Council Meeting - December 11th at 7pm

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DUE TO POTENTIAL CONFLICTS AND INTENSITY OF DISCUSSION THE FIRE SERVICES WORKING GROUP MEETING HAS BEEN POSTPONED.

The team supposed there may be a better way to strengthen our current volunteers in a different manner than paying city Public Works employees to be the solution in back-filling volunteer firefighter crews. Additionally, this newly formed department currently responds only to fire calls leaving medical response as a hopeful additional service in the future.  City Council subsequently determined that it was in the best fire/life/safety interest of the citizens of Sutherlin to suspend the hiring process of hiring another full-time Fire Chief while a new team takes a fresh look at all practical and viable options.  If, after legitimate unbiased analysis, the current system of “fire only” service using city employees as primary support to volunteers is the best viable option, then we know with confidence that we should continue this level of service to our citizens for the long-term.