JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF
COTTONWOOD SHORES — The Cottonwood Shores Volunteer Fire Department is in service after agreeing with the city council on a new contract.
The council signed the contract during a special meeting Oct. 24 after negotiations continued past the new fiscal year. The department, without a contract, had decided not to respond to fire calls Oct. 8.
Fire Chief Deavon DeLancey said the department voted at its board meeting Oct. 22 to again start responding to all calls.
“It’s a huge weight off of my shoulders, and I’m very excited about our new working relationship with the city,” DeLancey said.
The department had asked for $36,000 a year from the city, while the council had offered $32,000. The signed contract will pay $34,000 to the department this year for emergency services.
“I’m very pleased with all the work that the volunteer fire department and city have done to get together and reach an agreement that everybody is happy with,” said Sheila Moore, Cottonwood Shores City administrator and secretary.
The contract calls for the department to provide a monthly activity report to the city council, submit a quarterly accounting statement and furnish an annual audit.