• Pacific Grove joined by Monterey in promoting JPA

    The Monterey City Council decided Wednesday to seek a Joint Powers Agreement for a Peninsula-wide fire department, following the lead of Pacific Grove which voted unanimously to approve the concept on May 12, 2010.

    The cities of Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel and Seaside are exploring the JPA for fire services, which proponents say will save each city money as well as provide better services. Pacific Grove and Monterey have had a joint service agreement for many months.

    Pacific Grove anticipates, for example, being able to hire out to other JPA members the services of staff mechanics who are experts in their field, while smaller jobs such as oil changes can be relegated to less skilled, and thus less expensive, people.

    The cost of training new recruits can also be shared by all the departments.

    Both Pacific Grove and Monterey’s city councils directed their respective staffs to work on the agreement and bring a final draft back for approval soon.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on May 27, 2010

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