Editor’s note: We can’t predict the future. Take the money, hire the people and hope for the best!
Spending a $4 million federal grant to the city is not as easy as it seems.
The problem is not what the grant would do – hire 30 new and badly needed firefighters for the next two years, adding more personnel to each truck – but what happens to those firefighters when the grant expires.
Fire Chief David Hollinger and City Council labored over the issues Monday night.
On the positive side, the grant does not require the city to keep the grant-paid firefighters after the grant runs out in March 2015.