The Danville City Council Tuesday night voted to accept the $1.1 million federal grant to hire six new firefighters.
The firefighters union has touted the benefits from accepting the grant which would include a projected of perhaps a million dollars in overtime reductions. Two additional firefighters per shift will help with overtime incurred when there are vacations and other times firefighters are gone.
Some aldermen had a concern about whether the city could afford to keep the firefighters after the grant ended. There also was worry about how the grant could affect future contract negotiations.
In other business Tuesday night, the council by a 9-5 vote removed the resolution on the council agenda asking whether the aldermen oppose the proposed change in government from mayor-aldermanic to city manager-aldermanic.
The aldermen felt that the issue is up to the voters to decide.
The council Tuesday night also heard some initial budget numbers. A budget presentation is expected Oct. 16. Changes will be made with the fire grant acceptance.