BY COUNCILORS GILBERT AND ANDERSON:
RESOLVED, that the council finds as follows:
(a) The city council approved Resolution 08-0412, requesting the administration to work with the fire department to consider options for helping to balance the budget; and
(b The parties did meet to consider options, but the administration still plans to take the Downtown fire rig out of service effective August 1, 2008; and
(c) The administration has not provided the council with an assessment of the impact of public and firefighter safety as a result of taking the Downtown rig out of service.
(a) That the council requests from the administration an independent assessment of the impact on public and firefighter safety as a result of taking the Downtown rig out of service, as well as the impact on compliance with OSHA standards and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards, prior to taking the rig out of service; and
(b) That assuming a negative impact on public and firefighter safety, the council requests that the administration not take the rig out of service; and
(c) That if the administration does take the rig out of service in 2008, then the council expresses its intent to fund reinstatement of the Downtown fire rig in the 2009 budget to be approved by the council.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution requests an assessment of the impact on public and firefighter safety resulting from the loss of a Downtown fire rig, requests that the administration not reduce the number of fire rigs and expresses an intent to fund such a rig in the 2009 budget.