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Fighting fires: Olive Hill council adds fire to paid departments

Jeremy D. Wells
Carter County Times

 The city of Olive Hill has opened the door to adding paid staff to the fire department in the future. City council approved a municipal order last Tuesday, adding the job description for fire fighter to their employ classification schedule. The expressed purpose of adding that job description was so the fire department could employ part time paid firefighters. Those firefighters would be employed to cover the hours when most of the department’s volunteer firefighters were at work. 

The department is currently made up of a 100 percent volunteer staff. 

Council also entered into the first reading of an ordinance adding the fire department to the salary classification scale. This is a necessary step before the fire department can legally advertise for and hire to fill the position. 

Council met again on Monday night in a special session, expressly for the purpose of approving this ordinance on second reading, as well as approving another ordinance related to alcoholic beverages. 

That ordinance, which council also gave first reading to last Tuesday, amends the municipal code relating to alcoholic beverages. In addition to setting the hours and dates when alcohol may be sold – Monday through Sunday, from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. for packaged sales, from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. by the drink – it also sets interest rates for late payments and policies related to license fees and monthly remittances. 

Council moved to approve both of those ordinances on second reading at their special meeting on Monday. 

Contact the writer at editor@cartercountytimes.com

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