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Last Modified: Saturday, February 15, 2014 6:49 PM
During a City Council meeting earlier this week, District Fire Chief Chris Carroll, liaison for International Association of Fire Fighters Local 561, and Mayor Randy Roach agreed to schedule a meeting to discuss a possible contract.
Even though the Fire Department gave a preliminary contract to the council recently, the two parties have spent most of the last few weeks working on the issue separately. Carroll said he will meet with the mayor Monday morning.
“I’m sure we’re going to discuss the idea of a memorandum of understanding,” Carroll said. “We’ll take whatever we can get at this point. As long as we’re addressing the important issues.”
Carroll joked that he, along with the other members of the department, knew all along that they wouldn’t get rich being firefighters. He said the main goal is to get some of the things back from the last contract.
“That’s all that we’re asking is to get back some of the things that we lost,” Carroll said. “If he says the city can’t afford some of it, then we can understand that. We’re just hoping to make some progress.”