FIREMEN LESS THAN STOKED ABOUT PD’S NEW PROPOSAL


By Jason Schock    
    Bland was not on the menu last Monday night at City Hall, as the owner of a new restaurant peppered one council member on the subject of sauce and barbecue, while firefighters continue to fume as the City Council considers going back on a promise it made to the Falls City Fire Dept. just a month ago.
    In May, the Council, against the recommendation of the Management Committee and City Clerk/Treasurer Gary Jorn, voted 7-1 to replace retiring fireman Ralph Gilkerson with another full-time fire truck driver. The City is advertising the job opening in today’s Journal classified section. But last Monday (June 2), FC Police Chief Duane Armbruster proposed the idea of adding a full-time city employee who would work for both the Police and Fire Depts.
    The Council tabled the issue, will discuss it further (and possibly even bring it to a vote) at the Monday, June 16, meeting (6 p.m. start). The idea of a second vote regarding the one fireman job was not well-received by FC Fire Chief Ken Simpson.

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