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Liberty council approves fire protection agreement with county

Liberty City Council met Tuesday and approved the Fire Protection Services Agreement between the City of Liberty and Liberty County. The agreement provides compensation to Liberty City Firefighters who respond to requests for assistance by other departments at fire scenes outside the Liberty City Limits. City Manager Tom Warner praised Liberty Fire Chief Bryan Hurst and his staff for negotiating a much higher compensation rate than in years past. For years now, we are told the County paid the city $11,000 annually for fire assistance – a rate Chief Hurst said did not come close to covering the cost to his department for responding to calls outside the city. City Manager Tom Warner told Liberty City Council the new negotiated rate is almost twice the previous amount at $20,000 a year. City Fire Chief Bryan Hurst said that rate is a little closer to covering the Liberty Fire Departments costs for mutual assistance to Liberty County. In other action, Liberty City Council made a change to the city’s ordinance regarding code violations. City Manager Tom Warner said according to current city ordinance the only person who can issue citations for building code violations is the city’s Code Enforcement Officer Samantha Johnson. At the moment, however, Samantha Johnson is on maternity leave. The change in city ordinance approved Tuesday allows the city’s Building Inspector Mike Collier to also be authorized to issue code violations citations.  

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