That concession made the members rest a little easier, he said. The council has talked about some kind of compensation for the fire chief since last summer. In August, the organization voted to recommend the council give Fire Chief Chuck Dietz a stipend of $1,500 a year. The council discussed the issue for several months, and approved the stipend after a heated debate, former Council Member Kathy Groob said. Making the chief a paid employee could cost the taxpayers up to $100,000 a year, with benefits, Groob said. The mostly volunteer fire department also provides fire protection for the cities of Crestview Hills and Lakeside Park.
For 76 years every two years, the organization has elected a fire chief, whom it recommends to the council for approval. Most of the city’s firefighters are members of the organization, which Shockey said has a rich tradition. One member has volunteered as a firefighter for 54 years. His three sons volunteer and so does his grandson.
“It’s a close-knit group,” Shockey said. Rick Messingschlager, fire chief of Independence since 1994 and currently vice president of the Kenton County FireChiefs association, said most fire departmens in Boone, Campbell and Kenton Counties have full-time chiefs.
Women interested in finding out what’s happening at the state Capitol will get their own day later this month. The Kentucky Commission on Women, in partnership with the Lincoln Trail Women’s Alliance, will host a “Women’s Day in Frankfort” on Feb. 23 at the Capitol building. Glenda Woods, the commission’s executive director, said the event will allow women to gain more insight into the sometimes intimidating political process. “It’s another way for women to feel more comfortable. When we’re more comfortable, we’re going to be more aggressive and we’re going to ask more questions, and be more involved,” she said.
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The day will start at 9:45 a.m. with an optional picture at the Capitol entrance, and will include a chance to meet with lawmakers and an afternoon session on effective legislative lobbying. Senate President Pro Tem Katie Stine, R-Fort Thomas, Rep. Carolyn Belcher, D-Preston, and former Lexington Rep. Pat Freibert will lead the lobbying clinic.
There will also be a choice to tour either the Capitol or the Legislative Research Commission library, and a viewing of the “Kentucky Women Remembered” watercolor exhibit in the west wing of the Capitol. Participants will end the day with an opportunity to sit in on that afternoon’s General Assembly session.