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Originally published: 2013-07-31 16:42:04
Last modified: 2013-07-31 16:42:48

Top fire officials to tackle funding

Sam Calhoun / (sam.calhoun@averyjournal.com)

Eleven-of-13 Avery County fire departments have yet to receive monthly operational funding from the Avery Count Eleven-of-13 Avery County fire departments have yet to receive monthly operational funding from the Avery County Fire Commission because of signing a six-month contract instead of a one-year contract, which could leave local municipalities without legal firefighting service, according to Avery County Firefighters Association President Paul Buchanan.

To address this issue, the Avery County Board of Commissioners will host a special meeting with the Avery County Fire Commission, Avery County Fire Association and local fire chiefs at 5 p.m. this Thursday, Aug. 1, in the commissioners’ boardroom in the Avery County Administrative Complex, located at 175 Linville Street in Newland.

“We’re going to meet to hopefully iron some things out,” Daryl Smith, Avery County Fire Commission chairman, said.  y Fire Commission because of signing a six-month contract instead of a one-year contract, which could leave local municipalities without legal firefighting service, according to Avery County Firefighters Association President Paul Buchanan.

To address this issue, the Avery County Board of Commissioners will host a special meeting with the Avery County Fire Commission, Avery County Fire Association and local fire chiefs at 5 p.m. this Thursday, Aug. 1, in the commissioners’ boardroom in the Avery County Administrative Complex, located at 175 Linville Street in Newland.

“We’re going to meet to hopefully iron some things out,” Daryl Smith, Avery County Fire Commission chairman, said. 

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