Council allows elected officials to serve on fire department

By Brandon Evans | Published Saturday, November 10, 2012

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Rhome City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Thursday night allowing members of the city council or the mayor to also serve as members of the Rhome Volunteer Fire Department.

The only caveat to the ordinance is that the councilmember or mayor can’t be fire chief.

According to state law, a member of a municipal governing body can’t volunteer for an organization that “protects the health, safety, or welfare of the municipality” unless the “governing body adopts a resolution allowing” it.

The passage of the ordinance was good news for Mayor Chris Moore, who has served on the volunteer fire department for seven years.

“Apparently we passed one of these years ago, but we couldn’t find it,” said city attorney Walt Leonard.

“We couldn’t find the original resolution so we redid it,” Moore said.

In other council news:

  • The council continues to work on creating a new personnel manual. The mayor agreed to work with City Secretary Ramah Burns and use Texas Municipal League to help and find a base draft to create a new manual.

    This came after Leonard said the current manual was way too long and complex and hardly related to the city of Rhome. Councilmember Louis Godfrey agreed.

    “A good portion of this is redundant and double-talk,” Godfrey said. “After you read it you need a bottle of Tylenol.”

  • The council set up a date and time for a workshop to discuss the possibility of hiring first responders to work for the city during the daytime. They will discuss first responders, incentives for firefighters and any ordinances relating to that.

    The workshop is at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11

  • The city entered into a contract for assessment and collection services between Wise County Appraisal District and the City of Rhome for next year


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