More staff for Jimtown fire station?

By Union Democrat staff August 19, 2013 11:30 am

PUBLIC MEETING: Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors, 9 a.m. Tuesday, Supervisors Chambers, fourth floor, county Administration Building, 2 S. Green St., Sonora.

Tuolumne County leaders this week are looking at increasing the Tuolumne County Fire Department’s staff numbers at the Jamestown Fire Station.

The county’s Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider accepting $862,760 in federal money in an effort to make the Jamestown department a year-round operation. The county applied to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the grant, which would staff the firehouse for two years.


According to a memo from Assistant County Fire Warden Roy Evans to the board, Tuolumne County Fire officials have been trying to staff the busy station all year. But because that is cost prohibitive, according to Evans, the station is closed from May through November.

“The Jamestown fire station is one of the county’s busiest stations,” Evans said in his memo. “Last year, they responded to 769 calls.”

With the grant, county fire officials are proposing to hire four firefighters and staff the station with two firefighters a day from this October to October 2015. The federal funds would cover staff pay and benefits, but the county would have to cover uniform allowance and administrative costs.

In the grant application, county fire officials stated that an increase in the staff at the Jamestown station will improve response times.

“Funding the grant and the four emergency firefighters, we will eliminate a response hole in our operation,” the application reads.

Also on Tuesday’s Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors’ agenda:

• Discussion of a draft of the Tuolumne-Stanislaus Integrated Regional Water Management Plan, which lays out regional water project priorities. Once approved, the plan can be used to get grants and loans for those projects.

• A presentation on the county’s new website.

• A proposal to reject bids for improvements to the Twain Harte pool. The proposed work includes building a new chemical storage facility, repairing or replacing pipes and adding a new deck. Bids came in higher than the county’s original estimate.

• A $498,290 contract for reconstructing Lime Kiln Road, from Seco Road to Championship Drive.

• A proposal to contract with Nevada County to house Tuolumne County youth offenders for $90 a day. The county previously contracted with Yolo County for $110 a day.