City will Begin to CLOSE 2 Fire Companies per shift to meet 2015 Budget

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In this week’s City Council Packet there is a memo from Data Analysis Rodney Conley that says the Fire Dept budget including the $300,000 in Overtime that the Council transferred in will be out of funds in May if the city doesn’t either transfer in more money of immediately start closing 2 stations per shift.

You have to wonder why this wasn’t apparent in June when the budget was first set and why wasn’t this data analysis done in February when the City Council approved transferring the entire $300,000 into the overtime account to only have to close 1 company a shift?

Many of these Councilors ran on a public safety platform. Imagine if a Branch Street Company was closed at the time of that fire? The report says that $177, 194 would be required to keep from closing 2 companies a shift.

According to the City Budget the City Manager had $295,000 in his MANAGER’S CONTINGENCY Fun and we know the Manager transferred $2.2 Million dollars from the now defunct Chapt. 17 funding into General reserves.

Why not use money out of those accounts to fund the Fire Dept. and not put neighborhoods in jeopardy by closing 2 companies?

The Chief certainly isn’t happy with that and his response to the Manager is also below.

Here is the Memo from the Data Analysis:

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And here is the Memo from Fire Chief Pita

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Published by Lowell School Committeeman Gerry Nutter

I've been interested in Schools since I worked at the Greater Lowell Tech and substitute taught in Dracut. I've followed the finances and issues with the Lowell School for the past 8 years while blogging and contributing to Saturday Morning Live! Currently serving my 1st term.

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  1. Our Fire Department should not be forced to close 2 companies at the same time. They are needed for fire calls, accidents and medical calls. The Council promised better public safety and they need to keep their word.

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