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Not all in Campbell agree with plan



Published: Thu, May 20, 2010 @ 12:07 a.m.

By jeanne starmack

starmack@vindy.com

Campbell

A proposal to convert the city’s paid fire department to all-volunteers is not going over well with everyone.

The proposal, in a state-mandated financial- recovery plan city council approved at its meeting Wednesday, calls for the eventual crossover to volunteers as the city’s paid firefighters retire. The chief’s position still would be paid and full time.

The move would help boost the city’s Insurance Services Office rating, city Finance Director Sherman Miles has said. The ISO rating is worsening, going up from six to 10 on a scale of one to 10 because the city cannot assure four firefighters at a fire scene. The higher ISO rating could cause homeowners’ insurance rates to rise.

There are five firefighters on staff now, plus the chief.

Chief Nick Hrelec said he is against the move.

“I want a full-time fire department in my city,” he said, adding that volunteers would be acceptable in conjunction with the full-time staff.

Fire Capt. David Horvath, who is president of the firefighters union, said it would be “a grave mistake” to convert the city’s department to volunteers.

He said townships use volunteers in areas where structures are farther apart.

Campbell is “four square miles with 3,000 structures jammed in,” he said.

Horvath said it would be hard to find and then retain volunteers, adding that they aren’t as dependable.

Firefighter Greg Rosile was called back from a layoff in January by Mayor George Krinos after the city was notified its ISO rating was worsening. He also said volunteers aren’t as dependable because other commitments often get in the way.

Rosile said the average volunteer’s response time is 15 minutes, and Campbell’s firefighters can be anywhere in the city in under four minutes.

Council President Bill Vansuch said parts of the plan can be amended, but its approval was critical so the city could present it to a state commission that oversees its finances at a Monday meeting. For every month the city didn’t have the recovery plan, designed to get it out of fiscal emergency, it would be penalized by being allowed to spend only 85 percent of what it spent last year.


Comments

1theword(342 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

This plan is a joke and I will be surprised if the state approves it.

The levy is going to fail and the fire department plan is not saving the city any money now.

keep drinking the kool-aid it will be over very soon!!!!

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2fess2it(30 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Everything will be okay once the Days of the Dictatorship of Krinos are over!

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3mrblue(1060 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

I don't see a levy gaining any support. I would like to know who would volunteer, and who pays for the training of the volunteer? Going to this type of a fire department is a HUGE mistake. What's next,-- the police department? I now believe that this Mayor is a one term mayor.

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4theword(342 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

mrblue

I agree, mayor Krinos will only be a one term mayor. The question is, will the city still be around when his term is up?

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5TheTruth123(27 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Ha,Ha ...

I have the perfect analogy for the George Krinos 5 year plan. I'll take a huge crap in a bag and over the next five years i'll spend all the city's revenue on trying to turn it into gold. Then i can pay off all the city's debt.

But... reality is i just wasted 5 years of revenue and still have a huge pile of crap .

Since we all know how good George is with finances he was able to get his plan done in just 6 months in office.

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6grkfire(52 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

How can you all blame the mayor? These problems existed far before the mayor even thought about running. Campbell has been a mess for the past 5+ years. It's easy to blame one person. The reality of the situation is that this is the product of the incompetence of MANY people throughout the years.

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7jimc51(58 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

I can blame him, he hired a fireman back and a city worker back..we can't afford them. Yes, we've been in recievership for a few years now, but we were kept above water, with his spending we're sinking fast.

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8mrblue(1060 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Mr. Krinos didn't create this problem. The previous mayor and council saw what was happening and did nothing to try and solve the problem. The city has the same do nothing council and they are putting the heat on the mayor.They still have done little to help the situation. A levy will not pass.

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