Newberry Debates Consolidating Fire Department
Newberry, FL -- The City of Newberry discussed whether to proceed with talks to consolidate it's Fire Department with Alachua County.
At tonight's City Commission meeting, commissioners and residents gathered to discuss the topic.
The commissioners are split, but they say consolidating the two departments will bring savings of more than $400,000 a year and some fire fighters may get a salary raise but there are some residents who oppose the consolidation.
This is only an initial step. Further negotiations with the City and Alachua County will need to take place and if a decision is made to consolidate, it may be a year until the process is complete.
"The County could provide the same level of service, equipment and the same location at a much lower deal and that might be something the commission would be interested in discussing," said Newberry Mayor, Bill Conrad.
Commissioners say they're bringing up the topic again because during the last negotiations, consolidating would mean giving up the previous fire chief.
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