Failed East County Fire and Rescue levy lid lift prompts end to agreement

  • Source: Vancouver Columbian
  • Published: 01/05/2019 05:20 PM

East County Fire and Rescue’s failed levy lid lift in November has prompted commissioners to terminate an interlocal agreement with the city of Camas for shared service of Camas-Washougal Fire Department Chief Nick Swinhart. “We’re looking at ways to save money,” said Mike Taggart, vice chair of East County’s board of commissioners. Taggart signed a letter that Camas city councilors will discuss at their workshop at 4:30 p.m. Monday at Camas City Hall, 616 N.E. Fourth Ave. The letter says that East County’s board voted in December to terminate the agreement, which was signed in October 2016. The agreement will end Feb. 1, according to the letter. The agreement saw East County pay Camas-Washougal roughly $37,000 a year and Swinhart spend about 37.5 hours a month at the district. Swinhart said it worked out so he usually spent one day a week at East County and attended one board meeting a month. He helped with overall administration oversight, budget oversight and reporting to the commissioners.


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