NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Accepting a grant that would pay for six new firefighters in New Rochelle is one of the items on the agenda when the City Council meets Wednesday.
The city was awarded the U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant Aug. 18 and needs to decide whether or not to accept the money this week.
If the city accepts the grant, the money would pay salaries and benefits for six new firefighters over the next two years. The city would need to fill the positions within 90 days.
“This way we can increase our force, because we’re losing people due to retirement,” Henry Senno, deputy fire chief for support services, said. The Fire Department currently has 149 members.
The council will also decide when the two-year grant period would start. The city would need to figure out how to keep the six firefighters on the payroll after the two years are up.
Also on the agenda, the council will hear a presentation from 3:45 to 5:30 p.m. from the Citizens' Committee on Sustainable Budgets about how the city can improve future budgets.
A public hearing will be held to hear residents' opinions about a request from restaurant Siete Ocho Siete, 414 Pelham Road, for a special permit to have music and dancing.
The meeting is scheduled for 3:45 to 9 p.m. in the council conference room at City Hall, 515 North Ave.