City council names new Dora fire chief

By LEA RIZZO, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 1/13/18

DORA — At the first city council meeting of 2018, the Dora City Council appointed new leadership to the Dora Volunteer Fire and Rescue.

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City council names new Dora fire chief

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DORA — At the first city council meeting of 2018, the Dora City Council appointed new leadership to the Dora Volunteer Fire and Rescue.

Mayor Randy Stephens named firefighter Brandon Key as the department’s new fire chief on Thursday evening, following David Box’s resignation, effective Jan. 1. Box had been serving as chief since late 2016, when former chief Chris Edwards stepped down from the position in order to serve on the city council.

Stephens said he had two good applicants that applied for the job and that they both would’ve done a good job.

“It was a tough decision to make,” he added, before announcing Key’s name as the new chief.

Key has been serving as one of Dora’s paid firefighters and also works with the City Of Birmingham’s fire department. He’s been a full-time firefighter for the last 14 years.

“I think as far as being a fireman and being qualified, he is very qualified,” Stephens said.

In other business, council members:

•approved two resolutions related to “routine business,” according to Stephens, that are approved at the start of each year.

The first resolution gave Stephens the authority to sign an agreement with the Alabama Department of Transportation to cut the median and right-of-way on U.S. Highway 78 in the city limits of Dora.

The second resolution voted to waive sales tax during the Severe Weather Sales Tax Holiday, which is set for Feb. 23-25. During this weekend, shoppers can purchase emergency items, such as flashlights and batteries, tax-free.

•briefly discussed the city’s 2017 audit. In 2016, the city’s total revenue was $1.498 million, with expenditures of $1.650 million. Stephens said that in 2017, the total revenue was $1.702 million and expenditures of $1.519 million.

“We had a good year,” Stephens said, “and we’ll continue to build on that.”

•voted to apply for two grants and hire Cordova Fire Chief Dean Harbison to write the grants. One of the grants will be for approximately $40,000 for new turnout gear for the fire department. The city would be responsible for around 5 percent, or $2,000, of the cost if the grant is funded.

The second grant would allow the city to purchase a new fire truck and replace the aging Engine 100. The city would be responsible for $11,500 if this grant was received.

•approved purchasing a dusk-to-dawn flood light to light the back side of the Dora Civic Center in response to security concerns voiced by the city magistrate and judge. The light will cost $32.44 per month and the funds for that will be taken from the corrections fund.