Fire & Rescue sees deficit

Published 11:34 am Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Victoria Fire & Rescue, which operates the Kenbridge Emergency Squad, saw a deficit in June due to issues in billing and the initial Truck Pull cancellation, but those findings are not expected to last, Assistant Chief Chris Garrett with Victoria Fire & Rescue said during the Kenbridge Town Council meeting July 17. Garrett said the most recent financial report “showed a pretty impressive net line deficit.” Garrett said the financial reports are submitted to the Victoria Town Council and the Kenbridge Town Council on a monthly basis. He said the reasons for the deficit include delays in the cost recovery process and the cancellation of the truck pull in June. Garrett said Monday the exact figure of the deficit was not available, but said the deficit was primarily in its expenditures, where the department had to pay were unable to interview him. This other witness was not subpoenaed by Garrett to testify on his behalf.” Stegall negotiated a plea agreement with Garrett through his attorney. Garrett agreed to plead guilty by Alford plea to an amended charge of a felony of unlawful wounding In the Alford plea the defendant denied guilt, but stipulated that the evidence would be sufficient to convict him. Unlawful wounding is a lesser-included felony offense of malicious wounding. Garrett entered his plea July 10 and was sentenced by Judge Anderson Nelson to five years, with all five years suspended, which was the recommendation of the sentencing guidelines. “The suspended sentence is subject to conditions of Garrett’s good behavior for five years, supervised probation, warrantless searches, 100 hours of community service, no contact with the victim or his immediate family, and anger management counseling,” the release cited.