Nov. 9 City Council Agenda Summary: Firefighter Reinstatement

After deciding not to fund a firefighter position- the City Council is now willing to trim the budget elsewhere to keep the jobs- and more on Wednesday's agenda.

Below is a summary of what is due to occur at this week's Council meeting. Santee Patch regularly reports on Council meetings, so check back on Wednesday night for the lowdown on the meeting.

The next  begins Wed., Nov. 9, 2011 at 7 pm:


• Nov. 7 was proclaimed to be "Ray Stoyer Day" in Santee. Ray Stoyer was the first General Manager of the Santee County Water District in 1957, which was renamed . He spearheaded the creation of Santee Lakes as a use of the city's wastewater. Padre Dam recently renamed the Water Treatment Facility in honor of Stoyer and the .

Consent Calendar Item of Note:

• Approve a consulting contract with Simon Wong Engineering for preparation of seismic retrofit strategy for the Carlton Oaks Drive Bridge.

Public Hearing

• Application for permit for the sale of used cars at 11421 Woodside Ave., suite B, by Pete Oraha, Imported Motor Cars. The staff recommends this hearing be delayed until the Dec. 14 meeting, because proper mailers were not sent out to surrounding businesses in time.

Council Reports

Reinstatement of Three Firefighters- Last week, Councilmember John Minto requested that the council discuss and the council decided to , that was previously provided for by grant money tied to the Fanita Ranch project.

This week, staff returns to Council with a budget amendment laying out what it will cost, this year and into the future, to keep the position. Those costs come to $568,000 for the rest of this fiscal year and the next- and the only place left for the city to cut is General Fund Reserves. That number is comparable to the $594,400 in repairs that Santee Fire Station #4 currently requires.

If the council approves this process, the three firefighters would drain $1.6 million from the reserves through June of 2016, according to City figures. See more budget details in the attached budget status summary.

If you want to publicly comment on any topic, fill out a speaker slip at the beginning of the meeting.

For more detailed information see the full council agenda in the media box or download here.

pjerome November 09, 2011 at 06:50 PM
I am against funding additional three fireman--that are not required-since there is no Fanita Ranch-The Fire Chief also said the three positions are not needed. This is there union asking for this--here the City is not hiring needed positions, or adding part time positions to full time where they are needed. Not having these positions filled in no way hurt the response time for our Fireman. How many city workers are going to loose there jobs for these three positions? I am sure the fireman don't care. They need to back off and the City needs to stand there ground and not fill these positions.I was told that could be five city workers to pay for this.
Doug Curlee November 09, 2011 at 09:13 PM
if the fire chief in fact IS against it, then i'd tend to bow to his expertise.. he knows what he needs, and where and how much of it he needs.. doug


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