Georgia County Stops Paying Firefighter Cancer Premiums

LAKE PARK, GA — At the recent Lake Park City Council meeting, the city fire department stated it would be unable to pay its volunteer firefighters’ cancer insurance premiums.

The fire department did not budget the $793 for the mandatory cancer policy because, in the past, Lowndes County has covered the cost, Fire Chief David Brown said. The county provided the insurance because volunteer firefighters for the cities also did volunteer work for the county.

The county has changed its policy and now states each city must buy its own policy, Brown said.

Council voted to pull money from the fire and education line item to buy the insurance, Mayor Eric Schindler said. The council will now find an insurance policy for the fire department.

The council also voted to upgrade its website.

After reviewing bids for website design and hosting, the council voted to have Scott Lane redesign the website for $600-$700 and to pay the hosting fee of $274.08 for three years. The amount breaks down to approximately $7 per month.

The city will be upgrading its computer system April 10-11.

The update will put the city’s computer system out of commission, Schindler said; however, the mayor does not expect the system being down to impede the ability of the city to operate normally.

The mayor also received a letter from John Gayle, mayor of Valdosta. The letter is for a meeting regarding the service delivery agreement between the municipalities of Lowndes County and the county on April 9.

The service delivery agreement is mandated by the state so services such as water and sewer are not duplicated and residents do not double-pay for services. The agreement was never finalized and the county and cities are not in compliance with state laws.

Council will have a work session 6:30 p.m., April 23, at City Hall. The meeting will be open to the public.

The council also meets at 7:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month in City Hall. The meetings are open to the public.

From The Valdosta Daily Times