Fire Services Update
(June 16, 2016)
The City of Cochran is posting an update regarding actions by City Council at their June 14, 2016 regular meeting regarding fire services. Letters of correspondence regarding these actions are posted below.
Termination of Fire Services
Cancellation Automatic Aid Agreement
Mutual Aid Agreement
Notice to Change Radio Frequency
Fire Services Update
(May 23, 2016)
The City of Cochran is posting its May 12, 2016 response to Bleckley County's May 10, 2016 letter that sets forth Option No. 1. The City is posting its May 12th response letter in its entirety, as well as the County's original May 10th proposal.
May 10, 2016/County Letter
May 12, 2016/City Letter
City Fire Services and L.O.S.T.
Regarding the fire service funding issue, the City of Cochran is aware of the County’s recent assertion that the 2013 L.O.S.T. sales tax agreement is the City’s rationale for seeking a more equitable payment schedule for City/County fire services. In fact, the City has never mentioned the 2013 L.O.S.T. sales tax agreement as a motive for seeking a more equitable payment schedule for City/County fire services.
The City is seeking a more equitable fire service
payment schedule because the City pays $458,100 per year for City/County fire
services and the County pays $125,000. The City pays 79% ($458,100) and the
County pays 21% ($125,000). Much of the County’s 21% ($125,000) is paid by City
taxpayers because they are also County taxpayers.
However, over 60% of fire calls are in the unincorporated County. Over 60% of County residents (7,967) reside in the unincorporated County, while less than 40% (4,804) of County residents are in the incorporated City. The City has less than 40% of the fire calls but is paying 79% of the County-wide fire services bill. These are the reasons the City is seeking a more equitable payment schedule for fire services.
Since last September, the City has repeatedly sought
the County’s assistance in developing a productive understanding of equitably
paying for County-wide fire services. In January, due to the County’s failure
to come to a meaningful agreement on implementing a more equitable fire service
payment schedule, the City stated that the County’s lack of cooperation would result
in the City’s cessation of regular fire services beyond the City limits after
June 30, 2016.
Again, the 2013 L.O.S.T. sales tax agreement has never
been part of the City’s concerns with developing a more equitable fire service
payment schedule. The City views the L.O.S.T. agreement as an issue separate
from the current discussion on equitable funding of fire services. Since the County has raised the L.O.S.T.
agreement as a concern, the County is welcome to include L.O.S.T. funding as
part of their negotiated settlement with the City. The City of Cochran looks forward to working
with the County to resolve our differences regarding equitable funding of fire
To view the report regarding the "Adjustment of Funding Inequities Between the City of Cochran and Bleckley County" that was discussed and appoved by the Mayor and City Council at the Regular City Council Meeting on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, please click on "Read More." For additional information regarding the documents used to prepare this report, please click on the appropriate attachment: House Bill 489, September 23, 2015 Letter to County to negotiate Service Delivery Strategy, January 5, 2016 Letter to County to negotiate Service Delivery Strategy, Service Delivery Strategy, September 29, 2014 Letter of Intent to revise or terminate "Communications and Fire Protection Agreement", List of Fire Department Equipment onwed by City and County, February 10, 2016 Letter to County confirming termination of County Fire Service, and the April 1, 2016 Letter to County regarding fire service termination.
Bulk waste pick-up will be on the second Saturday of each month with the first pick-up on Saturday, March 12th. No more than three household items, such as furniture, will be picked up. Bulk waste is limited to 75 pounds per household. Residents should not place their bulk waste at the curb until the morning of the second Saturday of each month, to prevent the bulk waste from becoming a nuisance.
Questions regarding new trash carts, limb pick-up, or bulk waste pick-up should be directed to City Hall at (478) 934-6346.