2007-05-30 / Front Page

City/County to merge of Fire/EMS

On Thursday May 24, the Colquitt City Council and the Miller Co. Board of Commissioners met in joint special session at 6:00 p.m. in the Miller County Court House to consider a proposal of ultimate merger of the Colquitt/Miller Fire Rescue and the Miller Co. Emergency Medical Services. After a brief presentation, both bodies voted unanimously to approve Phase I of the proposal effective immediately.

Phase I

The City of Colquitt and the Miller Co. Board of Commissioners will enter into a condensed and simple management agreement for the Colquitt/Miller Fire/Rescue to manage the EMS Department on an interim basis until December 31, 2007. Fire Chief Craig Tully will be named interim EMS director under the direct supervision of the City of Colquitt. His part-time salary will be set presently at $20,000 per year and will be paid to the City of Colquitt as a reimbursed expense.

In addition, both the City and County will begin working towards completing Phases II and III of the proposed merger.

Phase II

The City of Colquitt and Miller Co. Board of Commissioners will enter into a written intergovernmental agreement for the merger, operations, administration, and funding of the Colquitt/Miller Fire/Rescue and Emergency Services. The estimated time line for full implementation of this phase is by January 1, 2008.

Phase III

The City of Colquitt and Miller County Board of Commissioners will seek federal and state funding in addition to other local resources to construct a new facility to house the Colquitt/Miller Fire/Rescue and Emergency Services. Estimated time line is 24 months.

The City of Colquitt and the Miller Co. Board of Commissioners both feel that by working together they can try to provide the highest level of services to the people of Colquitt and Miller County while yet being good stewards of taxpayer monies. It is felt that many potential benefits exist with the possible merger of these two organizations (Fire and EMS), and the benefits will be both intrinsic and extrinsic.

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