VOL. 130 | NO. 188 | Monday, September 28, 2015
County Commission to Discuss Fire Coverage
By Bill Dries
Shelby County Commissioners answer the bell again Monday, Sept. 28, on plans to close a fire station that was resurrected in 2012 after being mothballed in the late 1980s.
Fire Station 60, at 5380 Egypt-Central Road, would be closed as part of a shift in fire services serving unincorporated Shelby County prompted by Millington’s withdrawal from an agreement to man the station for the county.
That closure was to take effect Oct. 1, but area residents and their commission representatives have expressed concerns about fire coverage.
A resolution urging the county administration to keep the fire station open was delayed at the Sept. 14 commission meeting for more discussion.
County fire officials said last week they will keep the station open into November. The resolution is back on the commission’s agenda for a vote and more discussion Monday.
Among the new elements of the discussion is commission chairman Terry Roland’s call for a utility district setup to fund and oversee county fire services. The county fire services are now funded entirely by a fire fee residents pay.
The commission meets at 3 p.m. at the Vasco Smith Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. Follow @tdnpols, twitter.com/tdnpols, for live coverage.
The commission also votes Monday on Roland’s committee assignments.
The body’s 14 standing committees are where commissioners have detailed discussions about issues and proposals. Committees then make non-binding recommendations to the full commission.
Roland’s assignments include making commissioner Van Turner chairman of the budget committee, replacing commissioners Heidi Shafer, who has served as its chairwoman for two years.
Shafer would replace Roland as chair of the legislative affairs committee, which oversees the county’s legislative wish list to Nashville each year.
Reginald Milton would replace Walter Bailey as chairman of the hospitals and health committee.
Willie Brooks would replace Steve Basar as chairman of the economic development and tourism committee, which has become a hotspot in recent years for the debate over economic development incentives.
Basar remains on the Economic Development Growth Engine board, a position appointed by the Shelby County mayor.
In committee assignments, Basar replaces Brooks as chairman of the Conservation committee.
David Reaves remains as chairman of the education committee, whose duties include funding questions for Shelby County Schools and the six suburban school districts.
Mark Billingsley remains as chairman of the law enforcement committee.