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San Carlos Squares Things with RC Fire Department

City Council authorizes San Carlos City Manager Jeff Maltbie to expend up to $400,000 for additional personnel to staff the San Carlos Fire Department for first six months of 2012.

The San Carlos Fire Department made good on its debt to its counterpart in Redwood City thanks to the San Carlos City Council approving payment up to $400,000 for Redwood City's willingness to help San Carlos man its fire department.

San Carlos remains at a deficit of personnel and will continue to need Redwood City's help in staffing. The agreement between Redwood City and San Carlos called for Redwood City to take over managerial services.

That deficit grew to seven vacancies Monday when it was learned two San Carlos firefighters turned in their resignations.

One of the vacancies will be filled within a week and two others need only to complete training in a Fire Academy, which is expected by January.

Mayor Matt Grocett recommended that a committee be put together to address the issue while city staff will create proposals for long term solutions.

"This is a significant topic," Grocett said.

Other tidbits from Monday night's City Council meeting:

* City Councilman Mark Olbert proposed the elimination of the process fee for neighborhood block party permits. The proposal passed unanimously.

* The council voted to authorize the reappointment of Maryann McLaughlin to the Arts & Culture Commission. Her term will run through May 27, 2015.

* The council will consider the awarding of grants to organizations that support local, affordable housing programs and projects.


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Cy Young award June 26, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Resigned or retired? No firefighters resign unless something is wrong with their employment. If they resigned over problems with the city or dept. we should know what that is.
Rick Eymer June 27, 2012 at 01:12 AM
The language used by a city councilman was "did I hear right that two resigned today?" I will try to find out a little more about it.
Bill Bohlen June 27, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Cy Young Award - that is actually incorrect. A firefighter resigns his position when he takes employment elsewhere, which is most likely what happend.
Bill Bohlen June 27, 2012 at 10:31 PM
From the City's press release: As of last week, the San Carlos Fire Department had 24 budgeted positions with 4 vacancies. On Monday, the City of San Carlos hired one new Firefighter and received resignation notices from two existing Firefighters who are accepting positions with the City of Oakland bringing the current number of vacancies to 6. The San Carlos Fire Department is in the process of hiring 6 firefighters that are scheduled for the next Fire Academy in the Fall of 2012. This will enable these new employees to be working in the department at the start of the new year.
Rick Eymer June 28, 2012 at 05:42 AM
The full press release can be obtained here: http://www.cityofsancarlos.org/civica/press/display.asp?layout=1&Entry=636


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