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Kevin Pittman

WHITE SPRINGS — White Springs’ new fire chief doesn’t want a salary.

Kevin Pittman asked the White Springs Town Council at its Dec. 10 meeting to pay the volunteer firefighters a reimbursement stipend per call they respond to instead of paying him a salary as fire chief.

“For these guys it’s not about pay, they love what they’re doing,” Pittman said.

Pittman suggested the town pay $5 per call for support personnel, $10 per call for volunteers that are Fire 1-2 certified be paid, $15 per call for the volunteers that are EMT and fire certified and that as chief, he receive a $20 stipend per call.

The council unanimously approved Pittman’s request.

Pittman also provided an update on the fire station, stating that there was necessary maintenance underway at the station. He also said the hose reel on the brush truck was leaking due to not being properly maintained previously.

Mayor Helen Miller requested acting Town Manager Tommie Jones to meet with both Pittman and Police Chief Tracy Rodriquenz to revise guidelines for the departments and possibly even ordinances on the polices and procedures for the departments.

Jones told the council that he had been notified by the Florida Department of Revenue of a “property tax oversight” that needs to be corrected. Jones said it was a minor offense but could lead to serious consequences if it is not addressed and is repeated.

Nicole Williams, the chair of the White Springs Recreation Committee, announced the committee and the HOPE Program were co-hosting a Christmas movie Saturday at 6 p.m. She added a “Pre-New Year’s Night” for children was also planned for Dec. 30 at 6:30 p.m. Also, Santa Claus is scheduled to be at McDonalds on Dec. 23 at 11 a.m. and everyone is invited.

Williams also requested the town return a wood splitter to the HOPE Program in order to help the “fuel bank,” which provides wood for heating during the cold winter months. The council approved the request by a 2-1 vote (Miller and Anita Rivers recused themselves from the vote due to their involvement with the HOPE Program) with Tonja Brown dissenting.

Kara M. Compo is a reporter for the Suwannee Democrat, Jasper News and Mayo Free Press. Her beats include general assignment, government, politics, law enforcement and first responders. ​

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